Newspaper carrier tips police to theft suspect

2013-06-18T16:54:00Z 2013-06-19T00:14:08Z Newspaper carrier tips police to theft suspectTimes Staff nwitimes.com
June 18, 2013 4:54 pm  • 

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP | A Portage Township man was arrested after police said he broke into vehicles early Wednesday morning.

Michael Sander, 22, was charged with public intoxication, unlawful entry of a motor vehicle and theft.

A Times newspaper carrier called police about 4:30 a.m. to report seeing a man breaking into vehicles in the area of Timberline Parkway.

Police found the man matching the description given by the carrier walking along Timberline Parkway.

Police said Sander appeared intoxicated and he told the officer he was walking home from a nearby bar.

But the officer noticed a GPS unit hanging out of his pants pocket.

Sander first told police the GPS unit was his, the told the officer he found it.

The officer then found a large amount of change, a lighter and a pink iPod Nano in his pockets.

The officer activated the “home” function on the GPS unit, which directed him to a home in the 300 block of Brook Drive.

The officer went to the home and the resident claimed the GPS unit and iPod.

A lighter, women’s gloves and money found in Sander’s possession were returned to another resident on Brook Drive.

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