Dearborn police catch alleged burglar in the act

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Heads-up policing helped Dearborn police catch an alleged burglar in the act early Friday morning, police said in a statement Tuesday.

It was about 3:45 a.m. when police patrolling the Tireman and Schaefer area, on Dearborn’s east side, said they noticed a window shattered at a business on the 7900 block of Schaefer.

The officers set up a perimeter around the business, called for backup, and watched.

Inside, they allegedly saw a man who would later be identified as Henry Russell Johnson, 34, of Detroit. When Johnson noticed the police, he allegedly fled the business, but surrendered once he saw an officer waiting in the alley, according to the statement.

Johnson is charged with breaking and entering a building with intent, and police say he is a habitual offender.

After being arraigned by Judge Mark Somers in the 19th District Court, Johnson’s bond was set at $5,000/personal with a GPS tether requirement upon release.

Johnson’s probable cause conference is set for 9 a.m. April 22, and his preliminary exam will be 9 a.m. April 29. They will be held at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit.