Man Caught Stealing from Mt. Pleasant Apartment

November 11, 2019

By Pat Maurer

William Frank Church, 38, was arraigned Monday on charges of burglary and forced entry of an apartment at Canterbury Trail.

When a security camera alerted a Mt. Pleasant man that someone was in his Canterbury Trail apartment October 31st, he rushed home from his job at Menards to find the ex-convict in the process of rifling his belongings and collecting electronics in a supposed robbery attempt.

The victim said the man was saying “incoherent things” then left the apartment through the sliding glass door. The victim said the suspect told him, “Just call the police.” The apartment owner was already on the phone with Central Dispatch, and able to describe the man’s clothing and the direction he left in.

The officer who responded to the apartment said, “Every room in the apartment had been gone through and was in disarray.”

Officers, who were dispatched at 1:55 p.m., were in the area and able to detain the suspect, who was reported as wearing a backpack which contained a Bluetooth speaker taken from the apartment, near the intersection of Preston and Crapo Streets. A witness said that someone had attempted to get into her sliding glass door around 2 p.m. Outside her door officers found a handkerchief with a chunk of concrete in it and discovered the backpack with a Bluetooth speaker in it. Officers also found a red sweatshirt and black jacket that had been discarded by the suspect while he was fleeing.

The witness said the man had come to her apartment the previous night.

William Frank Church, 38, reportedly resisted officers when he was taken into custody He was taken to a hospital for a medical evaluation but again resisted officers when they attempted to take him inside and again when he was taken from the hospital for transport to the Isabella County Jail.

Church, charged in the police report with burglary and forced entry, was arraigned on Monday in Isabella County Trial Court for larceny in a building. His bond was set at $1,000 cash/surety.

He has several prior convictions in Isabella County dating from 2006.

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