A fingerprint lifted from a Michael Jordan card reportedly helped Michigan police solve a crime spree. We’re not making this up.
Police in the central part of Michigan think they’ve solved a long list of burglaries, including one at a sports card shop.
William Denson, 44, and Craig Wiley,51, were arrested September 22nd near Grand Rapids. In the ten days since they were taken into custody, police have been busy gathering evidence and listening to the two confess to approximately 200 break-ins over a two month period in five counties.
The men were transients, living at Grand Rapids-area motels, Kent County sheriff’s Lt. Kevin Kelley said.
The big break came when Rick Metter, owner of Extra Innings in Mason, says someone found a Michael Jordan card on the ground, apparently dropped by one of the two men as they departed the scene of another break-in.
Metter said they stole hundreds of sports cards during their September 3 heist of his shop. Police were able locate to fingerprint on the Jordan card that was good enough to narrow their search for suspects, both of whom have criminal records.
One of the men also attempted to sell one of the better cards through a pawn shop in Grand Rapids and conveniently left his phone number on a slip filled out at the store. Another shop dealer in Grand Rapids spotted some of the stolen cards on eBay, bought them and returned them to Extra Innings. "It’s a competitive business but we still help each other out," he said.
The men broke into a variety of businesses including a hair salon where they stole a number of items including shampoo, which police say they may have traded for a rendezvous with…um…some ladies of the evening.
It wasn’t until they tried to break into a cash store September 22 that officers closed in on the two men after an alarm sounded.
The Ingham County’s sheriff’s office is asking for the men to be charged with six counts of breaking and entering and one count of conducting a criminal enterprise. More charges in more Michigan counties are expected.
The pair could face 20 years in prison and Wiley was already on parole when arrested. He hadn’t been checking in with his parole officer.
-compiled from various sources