Ohio man arrested in string of Auburn Hills robberies

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

A 35-year-old Ohio man is facing charges in connection to a string of break-ins at businesses in Auburn Hills, police said.

Leroy A. Bridgeman of Canton, Ohio, was arrested on suspicion of the robberies on Sunday.

Leroy A. Bridgeman

That morning, Auburn Hills Police took a call about a breaking-and-entering with shots fired at a shopping plaza at Opdyke and Hempstead, a statement from the department said. A storeowner told police that someone had broken in his store through the front window, that he was inside at the time and fired his handgun twice at the man, who fled in a gray Chevy Trailblaer with an out of state license plate, according to the statement.

Further investigation revealed that three other stores in the plaza had also been burglarized. Police searched the area, found the Trailblazer at a hotel, and arrested Bridgeman “without incident,” they said.

Bridgeman is facing four charges of breaking-and-entering a building with intent to commit a felony or larceny. At his arraignment before Magistrate Marie Soma of the 52/3 District Court, Bridgeman pleaded not guilty and was given a $40,000 cash-or-surety bond. He faces a probable cause conference on Nov. 28 at 1:15 p.m. in front of Judge Nancy Tolwin-Carniak, also at the 52/3 District Court.

He is at Oakland County Jail in the meantime.

jdickson@detroitnews.com