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Posted on Mon, Jul 8, 2013 : 3:54 p.m.

Police: Man arrested while trying to break into Chelsea garage

By John Counts


Charles Thurston

Courtesy of WCSO

Police arrested a 62-year-old Dexter man just as he was about to break into a Chelsea garage Saturday, officials said.

Charles Thurston was arraigned Sunday on charges of first-degree home invasion, first-degree attempted home invasion, receiving and concealing firearms and felony firearms a day after being caught standing on a bucket next to the garage window, said Chelsea police Chief Edward Toth.

Thurston first came over to a residence in the 200 block of Wilkinson Street around 5:30 p.m., Toth said. A 66-year-old woman Thurston is acquainted with lives at the home, police said.

“There’s been an ongoing thing between the two,” Toth said.

Thurston came to retrieve some items he believed were his, but there was some sort of dispute and he left, then later came back and slit a screen on a garage window, police said. A neighbor called police, who say Thurston was about to climb inside when they caught him in the act.

“(Officers) located (him) standing on a plastic five-gallon bucket, trying to lift his leg into the window,” Toth said.

Thurston was arrested without incident. Officers recovered a plastic bag inside the garage containing a handgun, three lady's gold brooches and burglary tools, Toth added. He said the bag was linked to Thurston, who remains at the Washtenaw County Jail on 10 percent of $5,000 bond, according to jail records.

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Fri, Jul 12, 2013 : 10:21 p.m.

We live close to Charles Thurston and find this to be an unfortunate series of events. However, in the years that we have gotten to know him as a neighbor he has been the kindest person, even snow plowing our driveway in the winter when we have not been able to. Hoping him all the best during this difficult time.


Tue, Jul 9, 2013 : 4:22 p.m.

Your Headline is deceiving. This was not a random break-in. The man and woman who lived there couldn't agree what belongs to who. Not saying what he did wasn't illegal and wrong, but the headline was alarming and made me read because I thought more robberies were occurring in Chelsea.

John Counts

Tue, Jul 9, 2013 : 4:44 p.m.

The man was charged in a court of law with first-degree home invasion, which is what people are charged with for breaking into a home or garage. Many homicides are not random either. In fact most suspects know the victims. Should we still not say someone is charged with murder?

Lake Trout

Tue, Jul 9, 2013 : 12:12 p.m.

Definately one for the dumb crooks stories...