2017-01-15 / Front Page

BAKERY BANDITS BUSTED

Police take North Branch teen into custody after tip
BY PHIL FOLEY
810-452-2616 • pfoley@mihomepaper.com

NORTH BRANCH — The Great Doughnut Caper in North Branch appears to have been solved. Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept. deputies arrested a North Branch 15-year-old boy Tuesday after a tip lead them to the youth’s home in the village.

The North Branch Bakery was burglarized Dec. 22 and Dec. 28. After the nearby Dynamic Design Dance Studio was burglarized as well Jan. 4, bakery owner Sandy Czaczkowski decided to offer a dozen doughnuts a month for a year to the person providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of the thieves.

“We are so lucky to have these guys,” Czaczkowski said of the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept. The department began patrolling the village a year ago July after the village decided to disband its own department.

Czaczkowski’s niece, Christina DeBusk, made a plea for information, along with the reward offer, on the bakery’s Facebook page Jan. 6 and the posting exploded with thousands of shares and tens of thousands of views over the weekend.

Czaczkowski said a local 13-year-old left a note at the bakery through social media Monday afternoon and then came to the bakery, returning a Bose speaker taken during the second break-in at the bakery.

That, Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept. Undersheriff Jeremy Howe said, led sheriff’s investigators to obtain a search warrant for a North Branch 15-yearold’s home, where deputies reportedly found electronics, a safe, cash and play props — including a sword — taken from the two businesses.

Howe said the older boy was taken into custody and charged with burglary and larceny of a building. He was later released to his parents.

“It is very pleasing,” Howe said, “that some closure has occurred for the victims, by identifying the responsible parties, and reuniting them with property that was stolen.”

“When they took the money I was disheartened,” Czaczkowski said. “But when they took the Bose speaker. It made me really mad.”

Howe said, “Our North Branch contract deputies, Sgt. Matt Blair and Deputy Dan Kohler, put a lot of time and effort to get this case solved. It was one of those cases that is incredibly difficult to solve without the help from the community as well as from North Branch Bakery. It was a perfect example of how community policing is supposed to work. I’m very proud of everyone that was involved in on the case.”

Howe said the investigation into the breakins remains ongoing. He said anyone with information about them can call Sgt. Blair at 810-245- 2390 or Det./Sgt. Jason Parks at 810-656- 1015.

As far as the reward is concerned, Czaczkowski said, “I’m not doing anything until (the deputies) tell me it’s okay.”

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