SAGINAW, MI — 3 17-year-olds have been formally charged Friday with quite a few felonies in connection with the burglary of a Saginaw Township gun shop exactly where dozens of firearms have been stolen.
Remy M. Delgado, Preston W. O’Leary, and Travontis D. Miller on Friday, Aug. 30, appeared ahead of Saginaw County District Judge M. Randall Jurrens for arraignment on the following 15 counts:
· Breaking and getting into a constructing with intent to commit a larceny
· Conspiracy to commit breaking and getting into with intent
· 3 counts of larceny of a firearm
· Conspiracy to commit larceny of a firearm
· 3 counts of getting and concealing a stolen firearm
· Six counts of possessing a firearm throughout the commission of a felony
Jurrens set bond for O’Leary, Miller, and Delgado at $250,000 money-surety, citing the seriousness of the charges and a concern for public security.
The charges stem from a burglary that occurred just ahead of three a.m. on Aug. two that saw 4 folks enter in to Showtime Guns & Ammo Sales, 3621 Bay Road, and steal 50 guns, amongst them pistols, rifles, and shotguns, police mentioned. A fifth particular person remained outdoors, acting as a lookout, prosecutors allege.
Surveillance cameras captured video of the culprits.
A joint investigation ensued by the Michigan State Police/Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Violent Crime Job Force, the Bay Region Narcotics Enforcement Group (BAYANET), Significant Crimes Unit detectives from the Michigan State Police, and the Saginaw Township Police Division.
Law enforcement on Tuesday, Aug. 27, executed 5 warrants all through Saginaw County. They arrested Delgado, Miller, and O’Leary as effectively as two 16-year-olds. The younger teens are not getting charged at this time, prosecutors mentioned.
Police mentioned they recovered six of the stolen guns.
Police on Tuesday also arrested David S. Villegas, 19, and Juan M. Martinez Jr., 25, on charges associated to acquiring and promoting some of the stolen guns. They also appeared ahead of Jurrens for arraignment on Friday.
Villegas and Martinez each and every face two counts of getting and concealing a stolen firearm, two felony firearm charges, and a single count of altering the identifying marks on a firearm. Martinez also faces an more getting and concealing charge, an more felony firearm charge, and a charge of promoting a firearm to a felon.
“This was a swift and thorough investigation and is a different instance of the teamwork and collaboration employed by our nearby, state, and federal law enforcement in their efforts to preserve the citizens of our neighborhood secure,” mentioned Saginaw County Prosecutor John A. McColgan Jr.
Heritage Higher College Superintendent Bruce Martin confirmed that 4 of the 5 teens arrested in connection with the Showtime break-in have been Heritage football players.
“They have been removed from the football roster,” Martin mentioned. “It’s disappointing and challenging. I really feel for our head coach (Matt Peterson). He’s only in his second season right here, and now he has to deal with this.
“We are cooperating with the police as a lot as we can. It didn’t come about on college grounds or throughout the college year, so our involvement is restricted.”
Delgado, O’Leary, Miller, Villegas, and Martinez are to seem for preliminary examinations at 10:30 a.m. on Sept 20.
The investigation into the areas of the remaining stolen guns is ongoing. Police are urging any one information of their whereabouts to contact Detective Sgt. Jim Bush at 231-250-9471.