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Posted: 03/27/13

Five arrested for home
invasions in north MC

Detectives find $20,000 in
stolen items in hotel rooms

by CHRIS GRAY
Observer Staff Writer
      Five suspects are facing felony charges in connection to a string of home invasions in northern Macomb County.
       The Macomb County Sheriff's Office arrested Kevin Crockett, Christopher Knotts, Jonathan Johnson, Michael Morelli and Jennifer Wilcox on March 15 for committing a number of home invasions, break-ins and larcenies in the Macomb and Washington Township areas.
       Following the investigation of 45 home invasion reports since Jan. 1, the sheriff's office gained the description of three vehicles said to be involved with the crimes.
       Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said a witness came forward after seeing a vehicle that matched the description of one of the suspected vehicles and provided detectives with a registration plate.
       "We were able to ID one or two suspects from that, and our team went to work," he said.
       Upon tracking the vehicle to a hotel in Roseville, members of the Special Enforcement Team (SET) watched the place and observed a number of people dumping items into a dumpster near the hotel. Reports indicate the items matched the description of goods taken from a home in Ray Township.
       SET then followed the crew to Mt. Clemens and stopped them before they could pawn off additional stolen items. A search warrant allowed the team to check out the crew's hotel rooms, finding three stolen handguns, computers and jewelry. Detectives estimated the total value of the recovered items at $20,000.
       The crew is being linked to cases in Bruce and Richmond townships as well as in St. Clair and Lapeer counties.
       "Right now we can tie them to three home invasions in our area, a couple in Sanilac, but we're still trying to clear some cases," Wickersham said.
       Knotts, 32, of Richmond, Morelli, 41, of Marine City, and Wilcox, 27, of Richmond, all face three counts of second-degree home invasion. The charge is a 15-year felony.
       Johnson, 22, of New Haven, is charged with receiving and concealing stolen property between $1,000 to $20,000. The charge is a five-year felony.
       Crockett, 21, of Fair Haven, is being charged with second-degree conspiracy to commit home invasion, receiving and concealing stolen property between $1,000 to $20,000 and receiving and concealing firearms. The firearms charge is a 10-year felony.
       All suspects are being held on bonds between $200,000 to $300,000.
       Wickersham said the arrests were made thanks in part to community members being involved with law enforcement.
       "We have to be good neighbors, we have to look out for each other, and in this case, somebody saw something that seemed out of place," Wickersham said. "If there is suspicious activity in the community we'll do our best to intercede and see what individuals are doing."


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