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Wyandotte Man Charged in Organized Retail Crime Scheme

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Anthony Paul Wojtala, Jr., 25 (DOB: 10/21/1992), of Wyandotte, in connection with an organized retail fraud scheme involving the purchase of items stolen from Canton big box stores and sold through a Wyandotte pawn shop and the defendant's residence.

Between March 8, 2018 and July 10, 2018, it is alleged that Defendant Wojtala had a continuing criminal enterprise involving the purchase of high value and high demand goods stolen from Home Depot, Target, Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, Kroger and Meijer stores in Canton Township. It is alleged that the defendant purchased the items and sold some of them through Tony's Pawn Shop located in the 1300 block of Fort Street in Wyandotte. It is further alleged that the defendant also took possession of some stolen items and sold them from his Wyandotte residence. Investigation by the Canton Police Department led to the arrest of the defendant.

Wojtala has been charged with Conducting a Criminal Enterprise, Use of a Computer to Commit a Crime - two counts, Organized Retail Crime - eight counts, Second Hand Dealer Violations - six counts and Receiving and Concealing Stolen Property $1,000 - $20,000, five counts*.

Wojtala was arraigned on July 20, 2018 in 27th District Court. The probable cause conference is scheduled for July 27, 2018 in 28th District Court before Judge Kandrevas. The preliminary examination is scheduled for August 2, 2018 in 27th District Court before Judge Kalmbach. The defendant received a $250,000 cash/surety/10% bond.

*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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