Border Patrol agents charged with theft, misconduct

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

Two Border Patrol agents were arraigned Friday on charges of felony theft and misconduct in office for allegedly stealing items while executing a search warrant.

Terence Mitchell Bruce, 43, of St. Clair Shores and Stanley Lyle Nicholson, 45, of Romulus were charged following an investigation by the Michigan State Police and Attorney General Bill Schuette’s Public Integrity Unit, Schuette’s office announced Friday.

The alleged thefts occurred Dec. 23 while Bruce and Nicholson executed an agency-authorized search warrant at a home, officials said. Each agent is accused of taking an item for personal use.

“Confidence in public safety is of utmost importance...,” Schuette said in a statement Friday. “Taxpayers deserve honesty and accountability from those who work on their behalf.”

Bruce and Nicholson are charged each with one count of misconduct in office, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine; and one count each of larceny in a building, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.

12th District Judge Joseph S. Filip set personal bonds for each at $25,000. A preliminary exam is set for March 27.

Neither Bruce or Nicholson could be reached for comment Friday night.

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