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Detroit confesses to burglary in Grosse Pointe

He was successful at breaking into one retail store but not as lucky in a second attempt. Now, a 52-year-old man from Detroit, Michigan, faces a number of theft charges after turning himself in to authorities.

The man was recently arraigned on charges of larceny of a building and breaking and entering with intent. Under law, the man is also considered a habitual offender, which is its own separate charge.

The alleged thefts took place in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, and the man readily accepted responsibility for them. One of them took place at an antiques store in the very early morning hours of Jan. 10. Police determined that while the man was in the store, he broke open two jewelry showcases using a hammer. Reports did not indicate what merchandise, if any, that the man got away with.

The man also admitted to trying to break into a local jewelry shop that was located near the first store he broke into. However, he was unable to get inside the store - he could only get to a hallway that led to a number of different stores. He turned himself into police five days later, and pleaded not guilty at his arraignment.

The habitual offender charge changes a lot for the man, and makes him eligible for a lifetime of imprisonment. His previous charges are as serious as they were numerous, including assault with the intent to murder, felony escape of prison, three counts of criminal sexual conduct, firearm possession and more.

This might have something to do with the man's not guilty plea. However, under normal circumstances, he may have decided to plead guilty to the offenses in exchange for a lighter sentence. The evidence against him is likely overwhelming, especially considering the fact he confessed to committing the crimes.

Source: Grosse Pointe Patch, "Man Arraigned in Treasure Trove Burglary," Sara Eaton Martin, Jan. 18, 2013

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