February 01, 2012 - A couple's arrest may bring some relief to one area of Independence Township hit by numerous break-in burglaries.
Glime (click for larger version)
Rendon (click for larger version)
Altheria Rendon, 35, of Independence Township and George Glime, 31, Brandon Township resident, were arrested, Jan. 20, and face charges in up to a dozen home invasions in southeast Independence Township over the past few months.
"There hasn't been any since," noted Det. Genefer Harvey, investigating officer.
Rendon is being held in Oakland County jail on charges of home invasion, burglary, and concealing stolen property, 52-2 District Court, $10,000 bond. She also faces shoplifting charges in 52-3 District Court in Rochester, $10,000 bond, and traffic offenses in 52-4 District Court in Troy, $450 bond.
Glime is a parolee, with eight convictions from 2000 and 2006, including Weapons - Felony Firearms, First Degree Home Invasion, five convictions for Second Degree Home Invasion, and one for Third Degree Home Invasion.
Sentence for First Degree Home Invasion is 3-20 years. He was paroled from Michigan Department of Corrections on Feb. 10, 2011.
The couple's arrest stems from a call from Rendon's mother, reporting a break-in at her home on S. River Road, and theft of a video game system , Jan. 13.
She suspected her daughter and his boyfriend, who she was trying to evict from her home. On Jan. 19, the mother called deputies to report her daughter and Glime using heroin.
Deputies responded and in the course of the investigation found a receipt from a pawn shop in Rendon's purse. Jewelry listed on the receipt matched the description of items taken in a burglary of a home in the 4000 block of Whipple Lake Road.
She was arrested on outstanding warrants. According to an interview of the suspect, the break-ins were to fund her and her boyfriend's heroin use.
Her statements link Glime to break-ins on River Road since October. By the end of December, Rendon was accompanying him, acting as a lookout. Thefts were during the day, when residents were at work or school.
Favorite items for theft included televisions, video game systems, movies, and other electronics, and jewelry.
The items would be pawned, sold to friends, or traded for drugs.
Several homes were targeted specifically because they had flimsy windows and locks, according to reports.
To make homes more burglar resistant, Det. Harvey suggested stronger locks, alarm system, dogs, and neighbors looking out for each other.
Phil is editor for The Clarkston News. He is a veteran of the first Iraq war, having served in the U.S. Army.