Kevin Crockett, Jonathan Johnson, Christopher Knotts, Jennifer Wilcox and Michael Morelli. (Macomb County Sheriff's Office)
Roseville — A crew of alleged home invaders suspected of taking $20,000 in stolen property have been charged in connection with 45 reports of break-ins in Macomb County, sheriff's officials said Wednesday.
Kevin Crockett, 21, and Jonathan Johnson, 22, both of Fair Haven, Christopher Knotts, 32, and Jennifer Wilcox, 27, both of Richmond, and Michael Morelli, 41, of Marine City, all face multiple felony home invasion, stolen property or weapons-related charges after investigators netted a cache of stolen goods inside two hotel rooms in Roseville.
An investigation beginning in January led detectives with the Macomb County Sheriff's Office to three vehicles believed to be involved in the thefts, including one which was spotted by a witness in the parking lot of a Kroger's supermarket in Richmond, a department news release said.
Detectives tracked that vehicle to the Roseville hotel, where they discovered discarded items that were taken from a home in Ray Township. The thieves were also followed to Mount Clemens, where they allegedly pawned stolen items.
After detectives obtained a search warrant for the Roseville hotel, they recovered televisions, computers and jewelry, as well as three handguns stolen from a Sanilac County home. The estimated value of the stolen property was $20,000, said lead investigator Eric Ehrler.
"This is another example where the community collaborated with the police to help get criminals off our streets," said Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham in the news release. "When people take the time to get involved and when police agencies work together, we can have a positive impact on crime in our communities."
Similar incidents had also been reported elsewhere in St. Clair and Lapeer counties. Macomb County investigators are working with officials in the neighboring counties to match the stolen goods.
The suspects are being held on bonds that range between $200,000 and $300,000.