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Posted on Fri, Feb 1, 2013 : 4:47 p.m.

Ann Arbor man charged with 3 counts of thievery in 3 cases

By John Counts


Andrew Mutschler

Courtesy of WCSO

Andrew Brian Mutschler, 18, was recently charged with various counts of thievery in three separate cases, Ann Arbor police said.

Mutschler has been charged with retail fraud, second-degree home invasion and larceny from a vehicle.

The retail fraud case dates back to November when he is accused of "brazenly" grabbing a large quantity of cigarettes from a gas station in the 2000 block of West Stadium Boulevard, said Ann Arbor police Lt. Robert Pfannes.

Police say Mutschler entered the store sometime before 1:29 a.m., loaded up on cigarettes right in front of the clerk and fled on foot. He is charged with third-degree retail fraud for the incident.

Mutschler also is accused of breaking into a house around the holidays.

Police were dispatched to a home in the 700 block of North Fourth Avenue the afternoon of Dec. 20. A back door was kicked in while no one was home and the house was ransacked, Pfannes said.

There were multiple items stacked by the door ready to be carted out, but police believe something caused Mutschler to flee before taking anything,

In the third incident, Mutschler was arrested Jan. 13 for a allegedly stealing an iPod from a car in the parking structure at 500 E. Washington St. Pfannes said the victim witnessed someone in the vehicle and gave police a description that matched Mutschler's appearance.

Undercover plainclothes officers found and arrested Mutschler in Liberty Park Plaza. The victim's iPod also was recovered.

Mutschler was arraigned on the three charges at various times from the Washtenaw County Jail since his arrest, court records indicate.

He remains in jail on various bonds: 10 percent of $1,000 for the larceny charge, $1,000 cash for the retail fraud charge and 10 percent of $10,000 for the home invasion charged. He is set to appear in court on Feb. 7.

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Tue, Feb 5, 2013 : 5:11 p.m.

All right Woody Woodpecker!!


Sat, Feb 2, 2013 : 2:28 p.m.

this kid should go into business. with his disregard for rules and a brazen-ness that borders on sociopathic, he could be a CEO in no time!


Sat, Feb 2, 2013 : 5:10 p.m.


Sat, Feb 2, 2013 : 3:51 p.m.



Sat, Feb 2, 2013 : 1:54 a.m.

Cigarettes are unhealthy. He should know better.


Sat, Feb 2, 2013 : 3:50 p.m.

smokeblwr......Ok, I'll give you that one


Fri, Feb 1, 2013 : 11:13 p.m.

"Hang a thief when he's young, and he'll no steal when he's auld." — Robert MacQueen, Lord Braxfield, Lord Justice of Scotland, 1776-1799


Sat, Feb 2, 2013 : 1:45 a.m.

Fans of Braxfieldian criminal justice can find his portrait here:


Sat, Feb 2, 2013 : 1:42 a.m.

Aye DBH. Yer rigcht! "Let them bring me prisoners, and I will find them law," was his legal theory. Lawyer Henry Cockburn described Braxfield as "strong built and dark, with rough eyebrows, powerful eyes, threatening lips, and a low growling voice, he was like a formidable blacksmith. His accent and his dialect were exaggerated Scot's; his language, like his thoughts, short, strong, and conclusive." Braxfield also enjoyed a drink and the Jolly Judge pub off Edinburgh's High Street is ironically named in his memory.


Sat, Feb 2, 2013 : 1:22 a.m.

Just to be clear, Robert MacQueen became a judge in 1776 (taking the name Lord Braxfield) and remained one until his death in 1799. He was born in 1722, not 1776.

Mr. Ed

Fri, Feb 1, 2013 : 10:04 p.m.