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Canton mail thieves appear in Wayne county court

A 42-year-old Canton man appeared in Wayne county circuit court last week on several charges. He was released from jail after posting a $500,000/10 percent bond and the court will reconvene in three weeks to allow his defense attorney time to review the evidence.

The defendant was arraigned on charges of fleeing and eluding police; larceny; stealing a financial transaction device; forgery with intent to commit a crime; obstructing, resisting and assaulting a police officer; driving with a revoked or suspended license; and being a fourth-time habitual offender. He faces a range of penalties - up to life in prison - for his felony and misdemeanor charges. Many of the charges could be dropped if he pleads to lesser crimes.

The man and his 35-year-old male co-conspirator were arrested by Canton police on April 3 as part of a mail fraud investigation organized by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and township authorities. Neighbors called police after noticing a vehicle approaching several mailboxes in the Cherry Hill-Beck Road neighborhood. The defendants reportedly led the police on a car chase to a shopping center near Canton Center and Michigan Avenue when they parked and continued on foot. Detectives say they recovered a large collection of mail from Canton and other communities as a result of the arrest.

The 35-year-old co-defendant also appeared in the 35th District Court and waived his rights to a preliminary hearing. He faced two charges of assaulting, resisting and obstructing a police officer, and being a second-time habitual offender. His maximum sentence would be three years of incarceration.

Source: hometownlife.com, "Mail theft suspect awaits hearing," Darrell Clem, April 29, 2012

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