During the day, the Mount Clemens man worked at a job.
After he got off work, Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said, he “went shopping in the community looking for things to steal.”
Now, the 33-year-old is facing 10 charges in connection with a home invasion spree in Macomb Township.
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More than $9,000 worth of fishing equipment was among the property stolen in the after-midnight crimes at occupied homes after residents left their garage doors or a side door open between Aug. 30 and Sept. 13, Wickersham said.
The earlier incidents occurred in the areas of 22 Mile and Fairchild and 24 Mile and Romeo Plank, with items taken from a boat parked in one driveway.
In one incident, a homeowner found the suspect standing inside her garage. She yelled at him and he fled in a silver car, the sheriff’s office said.
It said the later crimes occurred in the areas of 21 Mile and North Avenue and 23 Mile and Card.
Wickersham said several boats at the homes also were gone through.
Authorities obtained video footage from several of the incidents; a suspect was developed, and they conducted surveillance on the person.
On Wednesday, authorities searched the suspect’s vehicle and apartment, where property taken from seven of the home invasions were found, including inside the bedroom of the suspect’s roommate. Illegal narcotics also were found, the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office said.
In addition to the fishing equipment, authorities found bicycles, tools, an air compressor and lawn equipment that were stolen, Wickersham said.
He said these were “crimes of opportunity, just driving through subdivisions here in Macomb Township.” He reminded residents to lock their vehicles, close their garage doors and take valuables inside at night.
The suspect, Jeremy Rziemkowski, was charged with four counts of home invasion, three counts of larceny, two counts of malicious destruction of personal property and one count of possession of controlled substances. He is to be arraigned Friday in 41A District Court in Shelby Township, the Sheriff’s Office said. Investigators said he has a history of breaking and entering into vehicles.
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His roommate, Mark Donlekic, 33, was arraigned in 41B District Court in Clinton Township on two counts of possession of controlled substances and receiving and concealing stolen property. He was released on a personal bond, the Sheriff’s Office said.
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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: $9,000 in fishing equipment, other items taken in eight Macomb County home invasions