14-year-old arrested at school for car theft linked to four felonies

By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers

SOUTHGATE — Evidence from a July home invasion led police to an unlikely suspect: a 14-year-old who allegedly drove a stolen car to Davidson Middle School.

The student was taken into custody Sept. 12.

Southgate Police Lt. Gerald Doede said that the teen — whose name is withheld — is suspected of four felonies beginning with a July 28 home invasion in the 12000 block of Helen.

“We got evidence back from that which linked it to this individual,” Doede said. “The more we dug into it the more we found.”

What police discovered was a series of crimes beginning with an early morning home invasion in which cash, a cell phone, a check book and a camera were stolen.

Additional crimes linked to the suspect took place near Dix-Toledo and Goddard in September, including a burglary and theft of a mini-bike.

“They were all right in his neighborhood,” Doede said.

The most recent allegation was the unauthorized driving away of an automobile on Sept. 11, a 2004 Ford Explorer that the boy allegedly drove to school, which reportedly raised suspicions among students and faculty.

The teen was arraigned Sept. 13 in Southgate’s 28th District Court, after which he was transferred to the Wayne County Juvenile Detention Facility where he remains without bond.

Following the arrest police located the stolen items, and spoke with the boy’s mother.

Doede said no further court dates have been determined.

(James Mitchell can be reached at jmitchell@bewickpublications.com.)

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