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Posted on Wed, May 23, 2012 : 11:45 a.m.

After 4 convictions in 2 weeks, man faces another larceny charge

By Kyle Feldscher


Todd Wilson

Courtesy of the state of Michigan

Todd Wilson, also known as Carlton Cross and by 14 other aliases, pleaded guilty to two more charges of larceny in a building Tuesday, making four convictions in two weeks’ time.

However, the cycle keeps on going — Wilson, 42, is facing yet another larceny in a building charge at Eastern Michigan University, court records show.

Wilson pleaded guilty to two counts of larceny in a building at a preliminary exam Tuesday for stealing a wallet and an unattended purse on EMU’s campus on March 28 and April 9, respectively. Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge David Swartz will sentence him on those charges at 1:30 p.m. June 14.

Wilson pleaded guilty on May 10 to two counts of larceny in a building in exchange for six other criminal charges to be dropped at sentencing from a University of Michigan case. Records show Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge Melinda Morris’ will sentence him on those charges at 1:30 p.m. June 11.

Wilson and Jason Russ, 41, worked together to steal items from U-M buildings and then Russ used the credit cards taken from those items, according to police. Russ has been convicted on eight charges in his case and faces sentencing on June 11 as well, records show.

While the two men sit at the Washtenaw County Jail and await their sentences, the hits just keep coming for Wilson.

He hasn’t been arraigned on the latest charge, stemming from a March 28 theft, according to court records.

Wilson faces a maximum prison term of four years on each charge of larceny in a building. He has four previous convictions dating back to 1989.

Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.



Mon, Dec 3, 2012 : 9:05 p.m.

His mother must be proud!


Mon, May 28, 2012 : 11:43 p.m.

This individual appears to be the sort of serial offender who has no place in civil society. Everytime I hear a sad story about a poor guy locked away for life under a "Three Strikes" law for stealing bread for his family, I try to read stories such as this one. Why we continue to allow this man to freely roam about society is beyond me.


Thu, May 24, 2012 : 7:42 p.m.

And why isn't this thug in prison??????? Career criminal that will escalate to more violent crimes at some point. Lock him up!


Thu, May 24, 2012 : 11 a.m.

A candidate for the freeway cleaning detail.....make these "petty" criminals work off their sentence instead of probation, probation and yet again, probation.......

Thinking over here

Fri, May 25, 2012 : 2:58 p.m.

Hear! Hear!


Thu, May 24, 2012 : 8:37 a.m.

Some of you are making the assumption these career criminals are going to spend years in prison. I would say that career criminals are involved in most of Ann Arbor's criminal activity. They know how to work the system and will be back on the street quickly. Wilson's criminal record dates back to 1989! Until Ann Arborites embrace a more law and order mindset and push the legislators to adopt three strike type laws no change will occur. Just ask the AA police dept. They are arresting many of the same people over and over again. You all get so overheated (signing petitions, protesting) about EFM laws, why don't you get as active and animated about crime in your community?


Thu, May 24, 2012 : 11:16 a.m.

very well said Former, but the mind set of the city will not change......they are more interested in the artsie image, cross walk enforcement and finding dog friendly just name a few of their "causes."


Thu, May 24, 2012 : 3:10 a.m.

these guys sound like the kind of men you want your daughter to marry.


Thu, May 24, 2012 : 4:09 p.m.

You want your daughter to marry degenerate thieves? Interesting...


Thu, May 24, 2012 : 1:06 a.m.

These guys must be looking for free cool air, meals, ect in Prison. (on our tax dollars of course) SICK!


Wed, May 23, 2012 : 8:09 p.m.

These guys are the reason some country's cut your hand off for stealing. I'm sure if these guys were to lose a hand, they would think twice about stealing again, especially if they only had one hand left.


Tue, Jun 26, 2012 : 12:43 p.m.

Think!, Let it be your wallet or purse and all the trouble it takes you to get your life back in order. It's people like you that allow his rampant crime go unnoticed. I doubt children are stealing wallets and purses, they're more apt to steal a candy bar. No lets have some perspective.


Wed, May 23, 2012 : 11:41 p.m.

@Thomas - Just imagine all the children in this country with just one hand if you had your way. Then you could complain about having to support them with your tax dollars because they cannot find meaningful employment. Let's have some perspective please. It's unarmed robbery not mass murder. Breathe folks. Breathe.


Wed, May 23, 2012 : 6:47 p.m.

Kyle I trust you will keep us informed as to the slap on the wrist this convicted criminal gets.


Wed, May 23, 2012 : 6:27 p.m.

Prosecutorial discretion, anyone?


Wed, May 23, 2012 : 5:52 p.m.

And we got rid of the three strike law for what reason. 4 convictions and a fifth on the way in this short a period of time is just ridiculous. A guy like this needs to be put in prison for life no questions asked - its not like he's a tax paying citizen anyway.


Mon, Dec 3, 2012 : 9:13 p.m.

It a tough question. HE'S not a taxpayer (unless he is buying things) but I'm not sure I want taxpayers to spend $45,000 per year to keep him in prison. Assuming he lives another 40 years, life in prison would cost taxpayers about 1.8 million for this guy alone. Not adjusting for inflation. I for one don't think he's worth it.