Articles Posted in Theft and Property Crimes

Recently, 26-year-old Chad Neiderquill was charged with robbing a Saginaw woman which he knew with a screwdriver. Neiderquill allegedly stole the woman’s prescription medication on September 4 as she was carrying in and putting away groceries.

The victim, 60-year-old Lillian George, told police that Neiderquill was driving in the area as she was putting away groceries, and that he stopped and offered to help her. George said that once all of the groceries were inside, the defendant demanded that she give him her prescription medication, including oxycodone. Saginaw Police Detective Sgt. Reggie Williams said the woman claimed that when she refused, Neiderquill pulled a screwdriver out of a pocket to threaten her, holding it above her head and threatening that if she called police, he would claim George sold him the medications.

On Tuesday November 26, Neiderquill pleaded guilty to armed robbery before Saginaw County Circuit Judge James T. Borchard. He was initially charged with carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent and extortion as well, however prosecutors dropped these charges in exchange for his guilty plea. A news article at indicates that prosecutors will recommend the judge sentence Neiderquill to three years and six months in prison, a minimum sentence for armed robbery according to the defendant’s state sentencing guidelines.

Neiderquill remains in jail on a $75,000 bond, and is scheduled to be sentenced by Borchard on January 9.

In this situation, pleading guilty to armed robbery possibly prevented the defendant from spending up to life in prison. In Michigan, anyone who uses fear, force, or violence in an attempt to steal money or possessions from a person and who does so while possessing or even insinuating the presence of a dangerous weapon may be sentenced to life behind bars according to the Michigan Penal Code 750.529.

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Late last week, 44-year-old Steven Krygowski of Jackson was arraigned on multiple charges stemming from a break-in at a neighbor’s apartment. News articles at state that Krygowski broke into the apartment of his neighbor, who was sleeping, and assaulted him.

Jackson Police Lt. Elmer Hitt said that the suspect was charged with breaking and entering, assault with intent to rob while armed, and assault with a dangerous weapon. The victim, who is 69 years old, was found by police when they arrived at the scene with a head injury; police said he was talking and conscious when they arrived at approximately 4:30 a.m. He was listed in stable condition after being transported first to Allegiance Health, then to University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor.

Hitt claimed that the victim did not know what weapon Krygowski used to strike him with, however witnesses claimed to have seen Krygowski carrying a baseball bat when he exited the apartment. Police believe the victim and Krygowski were well acquainted, as the victim said that the defendant had mentioned something about giving him money while in the apartment.

Krygowski is scheduled to appear in court again on December 5.

The penalties an individual faces if convicted of breaking and entering in Michigan depend on the circumstances. Ultimately, what occurs once inside or what it is determined by police and prosecutors as your intentions will be key in sentencing. For instance, if someone breaks and enters a building with the intention of committing larceny, that individual may be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison. Additionally, assault with intent to rob could potentially leave the defendant facing up to 15 years in prison if convicted, even life in prison if in possession of a dangerous weapon when the crime was allegedly committed.

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In July, Detroit Police Sgt. David A. Pomeroy and St. Clair Shores Police Sgt. Michael Notoriano were arrested in connection with an armed robbery after Notoriano’s daughter was robbed of her cell phone at a Detroit gas station. Now, the two officers are facing a combined 18 criminal charges stemming from the incident.

According to news reports at, Notoriano’s 16-year-old daughter had ridden her bicycle to the gas station with a friend. At the station, 24-year-old Dwayne Weathington allegedly pushed her from the bicycle, then stole her iPhone after grabbing her by her backpack and dragging her on the ground. He is reported to have fled the scene on foot.

While off duty, Pomeroy and Notoriano used the GPS tracking function on Notoriano’s daughter’s phone to track the location of the iPhone. They then confronted three Detroit men who they believed had the phone, according to a statement released on November 18 by the Wayne County Prosecutors Office. Investigators claim the two police officers confronted the men, who were 26, 27, and 28 years old, at gunpoint. Pomeroy allegedly took the iPhone and a handgun from the suspects’ vehicle, then stood guard while Notoriano confiscated a bag of marijuana and $300 from the pockets of the 28-year-old suspect. Before releasing him, Notoriano allegedly used the handgun to strike him in the face.

Both officers were arrested, but charges have only recently been filed. Pomeroy is charged with larceny with a firearm, two counts of unlawful imprisonment, armed robbery, willful neglect of duty, and two counts of failure to uphold the law for unlawful search and seizure.

Notoriano has been charged on the same counts, with additional charges including two counts of felonious assault, two counts of ethnic intimidation, and felony use of a firearm.

If convicted, these two officers will likely face extremely serious consequences; in Michigan, armed robbery can leave the accused facing up to life in prison. Combined with all of the other charges, Pomeroy and Notoriano may be subject to harsh punishment.

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A Nashville, TN man, 65-year-old George Edward Alexander, was recently charged in the death of a Jackson bar owner nearly 40 years ago. Alexander is now incarcerated in the Jackson County Jail awaiting a November 26 preliminary exam on charges of armed robbery and first-degree murder in the September 1975 shooting death of Edward Stankiewicz.

Alexander was extradited from Tennessee on October 15 and arraigned by the county magistrate, according to a news article at The nearly 40 year old case had grown cold, although Prosecutor Jerry Jarzynka said he did not know why. Jarzynka praised investigators Duaine Pittman and Nathan Gross for their diligent efforts in bringing about Alexander’s arrest. Because the evidence against the defendant has not yet been presented in court, Jarzynka would not reveal how the charges against Alexander came about.

In September of 1975, the victim was gunned down outside a bar on Michigan Avenue, then known as the Pink Elephant Bar. He was allegedly shot in the head and neck area, and died at a hospital emergency room. Authorities say that Stankiewicz was robbed of a briefcase containing about $700, the night’s receipts from the bar before being ambushed with a shotgun. Businessmen in the area at the time claim the victim had problems with gang members frequenting the bar, and that he was frequently threatened according to a 1975 story published in the Citizen Patriot.

Alexander lived in Jackson at the time of the alleged crime, and has served prison time for delivery of heroin and larceny from a person.

If convicted of first-degree murder Alexander will likely face life in prison, the maximum punishment in Michigan. Both armed robbery and murder are extremely serious crimes, leaving those accused facing the potential loss of their freedom forever.

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In July, 18-year-old Cullen Shae Johnston and 39-year-old Michael Allen Lanning allegedly broke into Wyoming High School, causing approximately $9,000 in property damage. The two pleaded guilty to breaking and entering and malicious destruction of property.

Police caught the two as they were attempting to crawl out a window, according to a news article at At about 1:15 a.m. on July 20, police noticed a bicycle leaning against the school building; upon further inspection, they discovered a door to the school had been forced open. Using a tracking dog, police continued to search the school and discovered the two suspects climbing out a window.

During the escapade, the two suspects had thrown papers and books, smashed computers, broken windows, and damaged furniture. In all, the two are said to have caused more than $9,000 damage to the property.

Johnston was sentenced by Kent County Circuit Court Judge Paul Sullivan to one year in county jail; the 18-year-old did not have a previous record. Lanning, a registered sex offender with a criminal record, was sentenced by Judge Sullivan to two to 10 years in prison.

Breaking and entering is a serious criminal offense; the penalties an individual will face if convicted depend largely on what police and prosecutors assume the defendant’s intentions were, or whether the individual committed larceny or a felony offense. When someone forcibly enters a building with the intent to steal property or money, that individual may face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

You do not have to completely enter a building to be charged with this crime; after breaking (such as forcing a door open, breaking a window), the act of putting an arm through the window qualifies as entering.

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On Monday November 4, a jury was selected for the trial of 32-year-old Demeatrius Tate, a man who allegedly participated in a one-day crime spree which included carjacking and two armed robberies, according to a news article at Tate allegedly committed the crimes along with 18-year-old Artravius Riley, who pleaded guilty and is expected to testify at Tate’s trial.

The two men were arrested after allegedly committing crimes on May 26 of this year. Tate and Riley are accused of robbing a couple who were walking in the Arena District at approximately 2 a.m. Authorities claim the two threatened the couple with a gun, then took their valuables and a car. Later the same day, Tate and Riley allegedly robbed a man who was sitting in his vehicle in the vicinity of Seward Avenue and Douglas Street NW; they robbed him at gunpoint. News reports claim that Riley forced the victim to drive to an ATM machine. The second victim saw the get-away vehicle’s license plate and reported it to police.

In exchange for the teen’s guilty plea and testimony against Tate, prosecutors with the Kent County Prosecutor’s office agreed to dismiss one count each of armed robbery, felony use of a firearm, and carjacking.

If convicted of the carjacking and two street robberies, Tate will face up to life in prison. The defendant was offered a deal in August which would have resulted in a minimum sentence of 13 to 21 years had he pleaded guilty, however he rejected the plea deal. If convicted at trial, the minimum sentence he will face if convicted of all counts will be 14 years to almost 40 years.

Armed robbery and carjacking are both extremely serious criminal offenses punished harshly in the state of Michigan. As indicated above, Tate will face at least 14 years in prison, and possibly life if convicted.

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On Thursday October 24, Sharlonda Buckman had her 2011 Chevrolet Traverse stolen right out from under her when she stopped to buy some aspirin at a BP gas station in the 10700 block of East Jefferson Avenue in Detroit. Buckman, who is CEO of Detroit Parent Network, told police that an armed man forced her from her vehicle before she could get her door closed, and that the carjacker had a gun. The incident took place at about 8 a.m. according to a news article at The Detroit News.

Buckman’s SUV was taken; three men who were at the BP station witnessed the altercation, and came to the victim’s aid. News reports say that one of the men had a licensed firearm and shot at the suspect as he chased the unknown man while driving a 2009 blue Ford Focus.

Eventually the suspect drove the victim’s SUV through a barrier at a waterfront dock a few blocks away, jumping from the vehicle before it plunged into the Detroit River. The suspect took cover in nearby brush, and shot the good Samaritan after he exited his Ford Focus to see if the suspect was still inside the sinking SUV. After exchanging gunfire with the suspect, he suffered a gunshot wound which was described as nonfatal, and was hospitalized in temporarily serious condition.

Back at the BP station, another of the three men who came to Buckman’s rescue flagged down a U.S. Border Patrol agent.

The suspect was not apprehended as of last news reports, and may have been shot in the exchange of gunfire according to police. He escaped in the good Samaritan’s Ford Focus; police believe an accomplice may have been involved. The suspect is described as a black man in his 30s with a goatee, last seen wearing dark pants, a gray vest and blue hoodie.

Buckman had just taken her 12-year-old son to school, and said, “Thank God my son was not in the car with me.”

While it is unknown if the suspect has been found by authorities, he will no doubt face serious criminal charges when apprehended. In Michigan, carjacking is a life offense. This means that if convicted, the suspect in this case could potentially face life behind bars. He may also face additional charges for seriously wounding the good Samaritan in the shootout that erupted between the two.

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Last week, 34-year-old Reneco Michelle Graus was charged with felony and first-degree murder after allegedly setting an apartment complex on fire in May of 2010.

Graus is accused of setting the Highland Park apartments on fire, resulting in a 64-year-old man who lived in the building jumping to his death. According to a news article at CBS Detroit, the defendant set fire to the door of one of the 56 units; 120 tenants were said to be in 42 of the apartments at the time the fire was set.

The fire spread through the complex, trapping 64-year-old Raymond Jordan on the 4th floor. He jumped after firefighters who arrived on the scene could not reach him. The Highland Park complex was located in the 270 block of Richton. News reports do not indicate why Graus set fire to the door of one of the units. More details are expected to be released following Graus’s November 5 preliminary examination.

Graus is charged with one count of felony murder, one count of first-degree premeditated murder, two counts of arson of a dwelling, and three counts of assault with intent to murder.

The defendant in this case faces extremely serious criminal penalties if convicted. While first-degree premeditated murder is a life offense, assault with intent to murder may also leave an individual facing any number of years up to life in prison. No motive was given in news articles, however it is critical that Graus hire a highly experienced Michigan criminal defense attorney to have any chance at all at escaping conviction and the serious consequences that may result.

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On Wednesday October 23, 17-year-old Sergei Ryan Guider, a Forest Hills Eastern High School student, pleaded guilty to home invasion after allegedly breaking into a home in the 2700 block of Montreat Court NE. The break-in took place in August of this year; another high school student, Shane Aaron Homrich, was also charged in the home invasion.

The two teenagers allegedly entered the home through the garage, and were confronted by Alexander Justin Pitt, the homeowner’s son and a former classmate of the two, as they were in the process of stealing items. Pitt trapped the two after finding them in the basement, according to a news article at Guider and Homrich were captured at knifepoint by Pitt, who held them captive until Kent County Sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene.

The two teens were charged with first-degree home invasion. News reports indicate that neither had a criminal record. On Tuesday, James Benison, Assistant Kent County Prosecutor, informed the judge that the prosecutor’s office would not be opposed to Guider being sentenced under HYTA (Holmes Youthful Trainee Act). Under HYTA, an individual under the age of 21 who does not commit another felony offense and who adheres to the terms of probation will have a felony conviction removed from his/her record.

Shane Homrich is scheduled to appear in court on November 26, and will likely receive a similar offer according to news reports. Both of the teens remain free on a $5,000 bond.

Michigan criminal defense attorneys realize that teenagers often get involved in mischief, never realizing the serious consequences of their actions. Had these two high school students been 21 or older or sentenced as adults, they would have faced up to 20 years in prison, the maximum sentence in Michigan for a home invasion conviction.

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On Friday October 11, 34-year-old Noah Buist pleaded guilty to one count of felony home invasion in Kalamazoo County Circuit Court. Buist was scheduled to stand trial on Tuesday October 15, but pleaded guilty to the first-degree home invasion charge before Circuit Judge Pamela L. Lightvoet.

Buist, a former U.S. Postal Service employee, allegedly used a GPS tracking device to stalk a former female co-worker, according to a news article at The defendant reportedly broke in to 28-year-old Laura Bolen’s Texas Township home on April 11 of this year.

Kalamazoo Public Safety Officer John Vandenberg, Bolen’s former boyfriend, testified in court that in the early morning hours of April 11, he and Bolen arrived at her home following a hockey game. Vandenberg testified that after the two went inside the home, Bolen’s dog began running up and down basement stairs while barking. Vandenberg initially thought the dog, named Oreo, was just excited. Vandenberg and Bolen became suspicious after the two noticed there were dog treats in Oreo’s crate, which neither had placed there.

Vandenberg then began searching the home, and eventually found Buist in the basement area in the closet of a rear bedroom. He wrestled Buist to the ground, where he held him until Kalamazoo County sheriff’s deputies arrived. When searched by deputies, it was found that Buist had a flashlight, knife, socket wrench set, ski mask, and GPS device in his pockets. Bolen suspected that the defendant had been following her, and asked deputies to search her car where they found a GPS tracking device.

Investigators said that Buist had attempted to break into Bolen’s home on prior occasions without success, and had searched the Internet using his cell phone to find out how to break into a house. He used a credit card to gain entrance into Bolen’s home on the day of the incident.

Buist will spend one year in jail according to news reports. He will then be required to wear a GPS tracking tether and serve five years of probation according to Chief Assistant Prosecutor Carrie Klein. Buist is scheduled for sentencing on November 4.

First-degree home invasion is a felony offense punishable by up to five years in prison. Buist’s sentence was reduced due to his pleading guilty to the charges.

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