Three arrested for breaking into East Jordan businesses

Nicholas Seese, Thomas Wiltse and Jacob Skrocki (left to right) were arrested and charged with breaking into two East Jordan businesses. (Photos Courtesy: Charlevoix County Sheriff's Office)

CHARLEVOIX COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Three men were arrested after investigators said they broke into two East Jordan businesses.

East Jordan police were called to the Top Ten convenience store and gas station on Water Street in the early morning hours of Thursday, September 6 for an alarm.

According to the responding officer, it appeared someone had attempted to gain entry by smashing out the front door glass.

Investigators said the outer pane of glass was broken but it did not look like the people responsible were able to gain access.

Chief Terry McDonnell said the officer encountered three individuals while checking the area.

The officer made contact with the individuals, asking as to why they were walking in the area at the time and if they saw anyone near the business, McDonnell said.

Records show the interviews and investigation led the officer to believe the three were involved in the crime.

McDonnell said the case has been handed over the Charlevoix County Sheriff's Office due to the fact that one of the men is related to a member of the East Jordan Police Department.

Sheriff's deputies responded to the scene and arrested Nicholas Seese, Thomas Wiltse and Jacob Skrocki.

According to investigators, dispatch received a report of a breaking and entering at the Fast Fill on Maple Street.

Responding officers found the front window had been smashed out in similar manner to the Top Ten Store, McDonnell said.

All three men were charged with the following charges:

  • one count of breaking and entering a building with intent
  • two counts of conspiracy to commit breaking and entering with intent
  • one count of attempted breaking and entering a building with intent

The Charlevoix County Prosecutor said each of the four charges against the men are felonies and carry the possibility of 10 years in prison.

The men are scheduled to be back in court on September 25.

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