Brothers charged in theft from Livonia high school storage shed

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Livonia — Two brothers have been charged with breaking into a Livonia high school storage shed and stealing a motorized cart, landscaping equipment and tools, officials said.

Livonia residents Jessus Garcia, 24, and Fernando Garcia, 19, were arraigned Friday on charges of breaking and entering, larceny and concealing stolen property.

Fernando (left) and Jessus Garcia

A judge ordered Jessus Garcia held on a $50,000 bond and set Fernando Garcia's bond at $20,000. He also scheduled their next court appearance on Oct. 31 for a probable cause conference.

If convicted, they face up to five years in prison for the breaking and entering charge, up to 10 years in prison for the larceny charge and five years for the stolen property charge.

Police accuse the Garcia brothers of breaking into a storage shed at Churchill High School, 8900 Newburgh Road, at about 11:50 p.m. on Oct. 6. The crime was captured by security cameras on the property.

After getting into the shed, two suspects removed landscaping equipment, tools and a John Deere Gator.

Investigators said the two men arrived in a dark-colored Ford pickup truck that had a refrigerator in the bed.

Police released information about the theft and received several tips, one of which identified the Garcia brothers. Officers arrested the two men without incident.

Detectives also recovered the John Deere Gator and other stolen equipment from a densely-wooded area near Warren Road and Interstate 275.

Anyone with information about the theft or the suspects should call Livonia police at (734) 466-2470.

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