Detroit — A Detroit man was charged Wednesday in connection with a break-in at the Detroit Opera House, an incident that surprised the Wayne County prosecutor.
Robert Jones, 46, is alleged to have thrown a brick into a back door window and entered the theater on the 1500 block of Broadway at 2:18 a.m. Tuesday. Police found him in a food service area, where he was trying to steal from a cash register.
Police arrived at the scene within four minutes after the alarm went off.
Jones is charged with safe breaking, breaking and entering a building with intent, malicious destruction of a building — $1,000 or more but less than $20,000 — and malicious destruction of personal property — $200 or more but less than $1,000.
Prosecutor Kym Worthy, who does not typically react to these sorts of incidents, said the crime took her by surprise.
“I guess even this institution that is rich with Detroit history is not immune from our crime issues.”
Brown was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in 36th District Court.