Break-in suspect used child's playhouse as hideout
One of three suspects believed to be responsible for two recent vehicle break-ins in Chesterfield Township hid in a child's playhouse for hours before he was captured by police.
According to police the suspect, 31-year-old Jerrod Watson, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. revealed Wednesday during an interrogation that he hid in the playhouse for three hours. Watson, along with Deanthony Ferguson, 28, also of Fort Lauderdale, and an unknown suspect, are accused of breaking into a Jeep in a shopping plaza on 23 Mile Road.
Around 11:45 a.m. Wednesday a woman called 911 to report that three men exited a light colored SUV and had entered her Jeepparked nearby.
"As she ran out into the parking lot the woman stated they ran back into their SUV and fled the parking lot at a high rate of speed," police said in a statement Thursday. "She believed they were attempting to steal her vehicle and observed her purse dumped out on the front seat."
The woman was able to give dispatchers a partial number for the out-of-state license plate. As officers responded to the call, dispatchers received calls of a rollover accident on Callens south of 23 Mile Road, police said. The vehicle, a silver GMC Acadia SUV, had rolled over onto its roof. The license plate matched the partial number of the suspect vehicle.
A 51-year-old Chesterfield woman told officers that the SUV tried to pass her on Callens Road, but hit the front of her vehicle and flipped over. She said the men crawled from the SUV and ran eastbound.
Police later determined that the SUV was a rental from Detroit Metro Airport.
Chesterfield patrol set up a perimeter around the area and New Baltimore Police Department and Macomb County Sheriff's Department assisted. An off-duty Chesterfield officer spotted Ferguson in a wooded area near Hooker and Jefferson and with the assistance of another officer they arrested him, police.
Police arrested Watson three hours later after he was spotted leaving a back yard on Embassy. Police said he admitted that he hid in a playhouse.
Police have not located the third suspect.
According to police investigators were able to determine from video of prior vehicle break-ins that the same suspects had broken into a vehicle on June 19 in front Santosha Yoga at 48774 Gratiot and stolen a woman's purse.
Watson and Ferguson were arraigned Wednesday in the 42-2 District Court in New Baltimore on several felony charges related to the vehicle break-ins, police said. They were each given $50,000 cash bonds.