By Pat Maurer
After posting bond more than once, only to be arrested again on breaking and entering charges, Michael Anthony Ballas, of Clare, is back in jail with a $251,300 cash bond set this time.
According to information from police and Clare County Prosecutor Michelle Ambrozaitis, there are five active cases against Ballas at this time including breaking and entering in three different incidents, driving with a suspended license and issuing non-sufficient funds checks.
Ballas, who was out of jail on bail for another offence and had just been taken off probation, was found early last Saturday morning inside Wood’s Household in Clare after he evidently tripped an alarm at the business. After reportedly fighting with officers, he was arrested and taken to the Clare County Jail where he was charged with breaking and entering with intent, a ten-year felony; malicious destruction of police or fire property after his arrest, a two-year felony; two counts of assaulting, resisting and obstructing a police officer, each count a two-year felony; and as a habitual offender – fourth notice.
Bond was set at $25,000/cash surety/ten percent on the incident. Reportedly with the help of a bail bondsman, he posted bond and was released on Sunday.
Tuesday morning Ballas was arraigned in Clare County Circuit Court on probation violations. Bond was set at $1,300 cash only to be posted in the defendant’s own name.
Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 p.m., Ballas was back in 80th District Court, this time facing Magistrate Karen Willing on Clare County breaking and entering charges for a June 16 break-in at the Farwell Trading Post; and for a June 19 breaking and entering at Renosol Corporation in Farwell. He was charged with breaking and entering a building with intent and larceny for the Trading Post incident and with breaking and entering without breaking with intent, and with larceny in a building. He was also put on fourth offense habitual offender notice for each of the June break-ins.
Police said products had been stolen from Tom’s Trading Post. Equipment was reported stolen from Renosol Corporation, police said. Detectives conducted interviews and were able to gather evidence in information leading to Ballas’s arrest Tuesday.
Bond on the June offenses was set at $125,000 cash for each of the break-ins, for a total of $250,000 cash.
Ballas was also arraigned Tuesday for issuing two non-sufficient funds checks less than $100 on July 19, both misdemeanors, and bond was set a personal recognizance.
He had been arraigned on September 11 for a September 10 arrest for driving on a suspended license. Bond on that offence was set at $3,000/ten percent and he had posted bond and was released.
Ambrozaitis said “We do not have the next hearing dates yet, but they will be scheduled for a pre-exam conference on a Monday afternoon.”
He remains lodged at the Clare County Jail on the multiple charges.