Police search for man accused in Ypsilanti business burglaries
Ypsilanti police are searching for a man accused of breaking into two businesses recently as detectives continue to investigate a string of burglaries in the downtown area.
Daniel Thomas Bewernitz, 30, of Ypsilanti, is charged with two counts of breaking and entering of a business, Det. Sgt. Troy Fulton said Tuesday afternoon.
Police said Bewernitz broke into Dos Hermanos Market at 412 W. Michigan Ave. on Sunday and One Twenty Three Skate Shop at 123 N. Washington St. last Monday. Fulton said he doesn't have details on what was taken. Investigators said Bewernitz forced his way inside both businesses.
The charges come as detectives continue to investigate a total of five burglaries and two attempted burglaries in the downtown area. The incidents occurred between Nov. 21 and Sunday on North Washington Street, South Washington Street, West Michigan Avenue and Pearl Street, police said. Cash and other items were taken.
State Department of Corrections records show Bewernitz was paroled Oct. 5, 2010, after being convicted in Wayne County of breaking and entering a building with intent and second-degree home invasion. He also has a conviction for malicious destruction of fire and police property.
Police have released a "wanted" poster for Bewernitz. He is described as white, 6 feet tall and 165 to 170 pounds, with brown hair. He has a buzz cut. Police said he might be armed.
Anyone with information can call Ypsilanti police at (734) 483-9510 or Detective Annette Coppock at (734) 368-8776.
Here's the "wanted" poster:
Lee Higgins covers crime and courts for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached by phone at (734) 623-2527 and email at firstname.lastname@example.org.