Howard City’s new community alert system helped police find and arrest a man and woman last week wanted for stealing and using someone else’s Social Security Credit card.
On July 2, Howard City Police began to investigate the theft of the card, and 10 subsequent transactions, nine of which were with Howard City businesses.
The card was stolen out of a parked vehicle at a county park while the owner was swimming at the beach. Police recovered several store security videos of a male and female suspect using the stolen credit card to purchase over $500 in items.
On July 10, police posted some of the photos from the videos to their newly activated community alert/notification system (Nixle). By the next morning, tips had come in from residents who saw the alert, and police were able to identify, locate and arrest the suspects that same day, with the help of the Montcalm County Sheriff Department.
The suspects, Nikolaus Sabastian Warren, 21, and Marcia Ann Warren, 20, both of Howard City, were arrested and lodged in the Montcalm County Jail on felony counts involving theft and use of a financial transaction device.
Both were arraigned on Thursday, July 12, in Stanton District Court 64-B on two charges of stealing and retaining (a financial transaction device) without consent, and three counts of illegal sale or use of a financial transaction device. Bond was set at $15,000 cash/surety for Nikolaus, and $5,000 for Marcia.
They have a pre-trial conference on July 23 at 1 p.m. and a preliminary exam (if needed) on July 24 at 1 p.m.
To sign up for the new community alert system, visit www.howardcity.org.