Arrest made in theft cases 05.26.10

Written by David Green.

A rural Hudson man faces 18 felony charges in relation to thefts from vehicles and buildings in Morenci.

Brandon James Uphold, 18, of Lime Creek Road, Hudson, was arrested Monday after confessing to several crimes. A second suspect—a 19-year-old Waldron man—will be charged after Uphold is adjudicated, said Morenci Chief of Police Larry Weeks.

In January, tools were stolen from the Morenci bus garage. Thieves again entered the building in late March and stole additional items.

During an interview with a Morenci police officer, Uphold said that he and an accomplice stole items from several vehicles, mostly on the south side of Morenci. Tools were also stolen that night from a barn on private property.

In addition to tools, stolen goods included a laptop computer and CDs.

After recovering stolen property at a residence near Hudson, the Michigan State Police contacted the Morenci department April 25 with a lead in the robberies.

Others are involved in a crime ring, Weeks said, but apparently only Uphold and the other suspect operated in Morenci.

Uphold was charged with 12 felony counts of aiding and abetting larceny from a vehicle or aiding and abetting attempted larceny from a vehicle; three felony counts of breaking and entering; three felony counts of larceny in a building; and three misdemeanor counts of larceny from a vehicle.

He faces additional charges from the Michigan State Police, whose investigation continues.

Many stolen items were returned to their owners, Weeks said, although only a small portion of the Morenci property was recovered. One person in the theft ring was active in moving the stolen property for sale.

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