Lottery Winners Arrested For String Of Burglaries Just Years After Winning
Bay City, MI – A Michigan couple who won $500,000 in the lottery in 2016 have been arrested in connection with a string of burglaries across five counties.
Stephanie Harvell purchased a $5 “Hot Ticket” at a Speedway gas station in Bay City in January of 2016, the Saginaw News reported.
Harvell scratched it off and won $500,000.
She said at the time that she and her husband, Mitchell Arnswald, were living paycheck-to-paycheck when she won the money and that she bought the lottery ticket on the same day she had received an eviction notice, according to the Saginaw News.
Harvell told reporters that she planned to use her winnings to buy a house and a car, and then put the rest of the money away for college for her two daughters.
On Sept. 3, Harvell and Arnswald found themselves in the headlines once again, but this time it wasn’t good news.
A police task force made up of law enforcement officers from five counties had been investigating a series of daytime burglaries in Bay, Arenac, Saginaw, Midland and Tuscola Counties, the Saginaw News reported.
Police said that the burglaries happened when nobody was at home and took place over a two-month period.
Task force investigators put together a description of the suspect vehicle, and when a home in Merritt Township was burglarized on Aug. 29, police spotted a Ford SUV that matched the suspect vehicle at a nearby Meijer store, the Saginaw News reported.
Officers approached the SUV and found Harvell and Arnswald inside it.
When police searched the vehicle, they found items taken from the home in Merritt Township, the Saginaw News reported.
Harvell and Arnswald were arrested, and then police got a search warrant for the couple’s home in Bay County.
There they recovered more stolen property from other recent burglaries, according to the Saginaw News.
Harvell and Arnswald were each charged with second-degree home invasion and possession of burglary tools.
The judge set bond for Harvell and Arnswald at $50,000 cash-surety, the Saginaw News reported.
Bay County Sheriff Troy R. Cunningham said the task force investigation into the couple is still ongoing.