Chief Hill presented Department Commendation Awards to Sgt. Greg Patchin, Officer Norm LaBonte and Officer Shannon Fick during the Gerrish Township Board meeting on May 10th.
In August of 2015, Gerrish Township Police Department was informed of breaking and enterings with larcenies several pieces of property from 20 storage units at the Town & Country Storage complex on Robinson Lake Road, followed by several more of the same type complaints at other storage units in Gerrish Township.
Upon investigation, and working with Detective/Sgt. Wybraniec from the Roscommon County Sheriff Department, it was found that several storage units had been broken into throughout Roscommon County and the surrounding counties using the same method to gain entry into the units.
Officers began a complex and extensive investigation which included daily and nightly property checks, placing and monitoring surveillance equipment, follow up work and task force meetings with area agencies in a cooperative effort to pool information and sources hoping for some suspect leads.
In January of 2016, Officers interviewed a 33 year-old man from Rose City who confessed to the 20 B&E’s at Town & Country Storage Units and was arrested on those charges. 109 pieces of property were reported missing from owners of the storage units in Gerrish Township and Gerrish Officers recovered 89 of those pieces which were returned to their rightful owners.
The suspect plead guilty to three counts of breaking and entering with intent and was sentenced to 21 months in jail, 24 months of probation, $210 in fines and costs, $34,086.63 in restitution and $334 in court assessments.
To acknowledge their contributions to this effort, the Police Commendation is being awarded to Sgt. Patchin, Officer LaBonte and Officer Fick for their accomplishments involving above average alertness or initiative for establishing a suspicious person or persons involved in criminal conduct and above average industry and initiative in a criminal investigation, for successful management of a difficult or unusual unit or group operations, for successful exercise of command responsibility in situations beyond the normal level of assignment and for exceptionally effective work with the public.
Congratulations to these officers for their dedicated service!