Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Northville police arrest 2 in thefts from vehicles

Marwin Lee Chambers
Two men face charges of identity theft, stealing/retaining a financial transaction device and as habitual offenders following their arrest last month by Northville Township Police.
The suspects, Marwin Lee Chambers, Jr., 21, from Pontiac. and Ethan Edwin Thompson, 22, from Waterford, were charged by the office of the Wayne County Prosecutor and were arraigned at the 35th District Court. Chambers, arraigned Dec. 13 before Judge Ron Lowe, was given a $5,000 bond. Thompson was arraigned before Judge Michael Gerou and received a $10,000 bond. Thompson waived his preliminary examination on the charges and will face trial. Chambers' preliminary examination was set for Jan. 17.

Ethan Edwin Thompson
The arrests came following reports Nov. 30, 2019 of 11 larcenies from automobiles in the Northville Colony Estates neighborhood. Police noted that in all 11 cases, the victimized vehicles were left unlocked and personal property including cell phones, credit cards and a shotgun were taken. According to police reports, the stolen credit cards were used by the suspects shortly after the robberies in Livonia, Novi and Waterford for purchases totaling just under $400.
Northville Township Police launched a “Lock It or Lose It” campaign last summer to help prevent this type of incident, according to a spokesperson.  While out on patrols, officers would leave a reminder card at homes where an unlocked car, window, house door or open garage door were found.  According to police statistics, 70 percent of larcenies in Northville occur with unlocked vehicles.  Since June of 2019, officers have found 400 open garage doors during overnight hours while out on patrol, a spokesperson said.