Troy police have captured a man they believe to be responsible for as many as 20 home invasions in the Detroit area, according to a news article at Mlive.com. D’Mario D. Thornton, a 32-year-old Sterling Heights resident, was suspected of breaking into multiple homes in Rochester, Troy, West Bloomfield, Shelby Township and other areas; police say they were “on his trail” when they finally nabbed Thornton on Wednesday, April 3.
Officers were on a stake out, watching and waiting when they observed Thornton break into a Rochester Hills residence. He was arrested without incident, and taken to the Oakland County Jail where he is being held on $1 million bond. Thus far, Thornton has been charged with a single count of home invasion.
The investigation into the home invasions was conducted by the Troy Police Special Investigations Unit (SIU) which is comprised of officers from Auburn Hills, Farmington Hills, Troy, and Bloomfield Township. SONIC (South Oakland Narcotic Investigation Consortium) officers from Bloomfield Township and Novi also participated in the investigation.
Stolen items from 14 of the home invasions have been discovered by Troy police so far. New reports also allege that Thornton was convicted on charges of embezzling and attempting to defraud more than $20,000 under false pretenses in conjunction with offenses he committed in 2000. He was convicted of home invasion in California as well, and is listed on Michigan’s Dept. of Correction Offender Tracking Information System website as a parolee.
As highly regarded Michigan home invasion attorneys, we know that if convicted, Thornton will face serious criminal penalties. A conviction for first-degree home invasion will leave the accused individual potentially facing fines of up to $5,000 and up to 20 years in prison. However, other factors including prior criminal convictions can result in harsher sentencing.
If you have been arrested for breaking and entering, robbery, or home invasion it is crucial that you speak with an aggressive and skilled Michigan criminal defense lawyer at once, so that work can begin on your case immediately.