October 22, 2014

Bentley man charged with home invasion, larceny after resident allegedly catches him in act

Posted 6/6/14

GIBSON TWP. — A 19-year-old Bentley man was charged with two counts of first-degree home invasion and two counts of larceny from a building after reportedly being caught in the act by a victim, who held the suspect at gunpoint until police arrived.

According to the police report from the Bay County Sheriff’s Department, police allege Daniel Hall broke in to a pair of Gibson Township homes Monday, June 2, and was seen by residents of both homes.

The police report said Bay County deputies were dispatched to a home on the 7500 block of Bentley Road at 10:17 a.m., when a 33-year-old male who had been sleeping on a couch in the home was woken up by the sound of the sliding door in the back of his house shaking. Reportedly, he asked what the alleged intruder was doing in the house, and the suspect fled with a pack of cigarettes that been in the house.

The suspect, later identified as Hall, reportedly fled on a Kawasaki all-terrain vehicle, which police said was easy to follow due to a dragging tire. As they were following the tracks, the deputies received a second call from central dispatch around 10:57 a.m., alerting them of a breaking and entering in progress at a home on the 7600 block of North Garfield Road.

When deputies arrived at the home on North Garfield, they reportedly observed a red ATV in the driveway, and a 57-year-old male holding Hall at gunpoint in the driveway.

The resident told police he had arrived at home and upon pulling into his driveway, noticed a screen on a window facing his driveway was cut. He told police he parked in his garage and grabbed a shotgun and shells, yelled for the suspect and fired the weapon into the air. Hall allegedly came out from behind the house and told the resident, “I’m looking for my dog.”

The victim told police that some items in the house were in disarray and that the frame around the back door showed cuts and scrapes near the lock. While police were investigating, the caller’s wife arrived at home and reported that Tramadol pills were missing from her bedroom dresser.

After Hall was detained, police reportedly found 13 pills in his left front pocket, a wallet with $73 cash, a new pack of cigarettes in his right front pocket and a wallet with various credit cards that allegedly had cuts and cracks on them in his back pocket, according to the report.

Hall was arraigned in Bay County District Court June 3. First-degree home invasion is a felony with a sentence of up to 20 years in prison. Larceny from a building, a felony, is punishable by up to four years in prison.

According to information from the courts, Hall was out on bond at the time of the arrest, and was scheduled for sentencing June 9 for a pervious breaking and entering with intent charge, which he pleaded guilty to on April 14.

Hall is scheduled for a preliminary examination Monday, June 16.

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