MARLETTE (WJRT) (12/28/2017) - Police arrested a suspect connected to a string of building break-ins and a vehicle theft around Marlette leading up to the Christmas holiday.
The first incident was reported on Dec. 23 at Grupo Antolin Michigan, an automotive parts supplier located at 6300 Euclid Ave. The suspect got in through an unlocked door, then damaged vending machines and interior doors.
Company employees reported several items missing to police after the break-in. Surveillance cameras caught the suspect walking through the building.
The next day on Dec. 24, officers from the Marlette Police Department noticed footprints entering the building again. Further investigation revealed the suspect forced entry through a door to get inside.
The suspect damaged several more interior doors to gain entry to office areas. Police found some property from the building stacked near doorways, which indicated the suspect may try to return a third time and take it.
Marlette police tracked the suspect's footprints leaving the building down city streets, but it was snowing heavily at the time and they lost his trail as snowfall covered his tracks.
Officers discovered a similar break-in early Christmas morning at the Schwan's facility a few blocks away at 6395 Karen St. The suspect broke into the building and damaged a number of doors inside to enter enclosed areas.
The suspect also damaged several vehicles and even stole a vehicle from the facility.
Marlette police located a place where the suspect is believed to have been living. They recovered stolen laptop computers, tools, clothing and other evidence there.
On Tuesday, Marlette officers learned the suspect was at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in Auburn Hills. Officers from the Auburn Hills Police Department located the suspect and the vehicle stolen from Schwan's.
The suspect, a 22-year-old male from Sandusky, was arrested and taken to the Sanilac County Jail, where he remained in custody on Thursday awaiting arraignment on several charges.