Wyandotte man arraigned in pawn shop sting

Blake Alsup
The Detroit News
Anthony Paul Wojtala.

A Wyandotte man was arraigned Thursday on 22 charges related to criminal enterprise activity at a pawn shop, police say.

The Canton Police Department executed a search warrant at Tony's Pawn Shop on Fort Street in Wyandotte on Wednesday. The warrant came after five months of investigation by Canton police and Michigan State Police with assistance from the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, according to a statement from the Canton Public Safety Department. 

Anthony Paul Wojtala, 25, faces multiple charges including one count of conducting a criminal enterprise, a 20-year felony;  two counts of using a computer to commit a crime, a 7-to 20-year felony; and eight counts of retail crime, a 5-year felony.

Wojtala also faces five counts of receiving and concealing stolen property, a 5-year felony, and six counts of second-hand dealer-failure to display/record transactions, a misdemeanor punishable by six months in jail. 

“This is yet another case that illustrates how businesses in Wayne County are continuously fleeced," Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in the statement. "The alleged behavior of this defendant affects every consumer in our region."

27th District Court Judge Randy L. Kalmach set Wojtala’s bond at $250,000/10 percent cash surety and ordered him to wear a GPS tether, the prosecutor's office said in the statement.

Wojtala is due back in court for a probable cause conference on July 27 and again on Aug. 2 for his preliminary exam.

He was already on parole at the time of the arraignment for domestic violence and assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer in August 2016. Before that, he spent over 3 years in jail for an assault with the intent of great bodily harm.