Lottery Winners Arrested For String Of Burglaries Just Years After Winning

Stephanie Harvell and Mitchell Arnswald won the lottery in 2016, but were recently arrested for a string of burglaries.

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.

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After whatever other punishment they get - make them spend all of every weekend walking highways etc until they pick up 500k of aluminium cans, the proceeds of which go to compensate elderly victims of burglary. They will probably die before the completion of this - not hearing a downside .


This is a strange story. Not the Bonnie and Clyde types, because they didn't use violence. Although they were on the edge of financial ruin, it was as if God offered them a helping hand with the lottery winnings. Yet they blew through it and headed down the path of crime. Their kids will probably end up in the care of one of their parents. I'm guessing drugs were the key to their reversal of fortune. Although 500K doesn't go as far as it used to. It could just be they spent half on a house and failed to go get jobs right away. There are many stories about lottery winners, who were next to homeless when they won and broke again 2 years later. If you don't earn it, it seems to have a way of slipping through your fingers. Might make a good book, as a warning for other couples on managing money and keeping a job. However, before a publisher will touch it, they will need to get their lives back together first.


They were already hurting for money when they won 500k. I'm sure they paid off debts and bought a house, but if they didn't have a regular income coming in and change their lifestyle habits, they were going to run into issues sooner or later. Sad that they resorted to this.


You can take the TRASH out the trailer park, but you can’t take the trailer park out the TRASH!!!!!


After they won the money, she really wanted a boob job. He really wanted midgets and goats. Lol!!! Just look at him. I know you never judge a book by its cover, but this book has “MIDGETS AND GOATS” written all over that felon face of his.