Officer "did the absolute right thing" arresting son and two others after break-in
CHARLEVOIX COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- Last week, the East Jordan Police Department handed an investigation into possible car break-ins over to the Charlevoix County Sheriff's Office, since one of the alleged suspects was related to an East Jordan police officer.
Shortly after that happened, three young men were arrested for breaking into a gas station market in East Jordan.
The sheriff's office says it's investigating the same three men for both the gas station break-in and the alleged car break-ins, and it turns out one of the suspects was the son of the East Jordan police officer who arrested all three.
Early Thursday morning, the manager of the Fast Fill in East Jordan showed up to find police outside and the front window shattered.
“Sure enough, they broke in and we didn’t know much at that point, besides that they already had them in custody," said store manager Anthony Castle.
It turns out all they were after was beer, cigarettes and chewing tobacco.
“They stuffed their pockets, got what they could, dropped a few on their way out," Castle said.
Police say the men also broke the glass door at the Top Ten Party Shoppe nearby, but couldn't get inside.
Down the road from Top Ten, Thomas Wiltse, Jacob Skrocki and Nicholas Seese, all 19-years-old, were arrested.
Seese is the son of the East Jordan police officer who arrested the trio.
“Officer Seese did the absolute right thing in this case," said Charlevoix County Sheriff Chuck Vondra. "He arrested the three young men, including his son. It’s a tough decision, it’s a tough spot to be in, but he did the absolute right thing and the people of East Jordan should be proud of him.”
In the meantime, local shops are left with an expensive mess.
“Just the window itself is around $400, and then we were closed three extra hours from open time, so that costs money in sales," Castle said.
All three suspects are lodged in the Charlevoix County Jail, facing felony charges with up to 20-year penalties.