Suspects in string of break-ins due in court for sentencing, arraignment

STANDISH — Two men alleged to have stolen several items from homes in Standish are due back in court later this month — one for sentencing and another for Circuit Court arraignment.

Jeffrey Dowell, 28, and Ryan Thoryk, 41, are alleged to have stolen tools and sporting goods from four separate homes in and around Standish, according to Arenac County Undersheriff Don McIntyre. He said the alleged break-ins were reported on Oct. 12, Nov. 2 and Nov. 9.

“We identified one of the stolen tools through a serial number at a pawn shop in Bay City,” McIntyre said. “That’s how we cracked the case open — by locating that stolen tool at the pawn shop.”

The suspects were arrested Nov. 11 after police conducted a search warrant at a residence on Grove Road in Standish, where many of the items reported stolen were allegedly recovered.

Thoryk pleaded guilty Nov. 25 to receiving and concealing property valued between $200 and $1,000, which carries a penalty of one year in jail and/or $2,000, or three times the value of the stolen items. He is scheduled for sentencing Dec. 30.

Thoryk was originally charged with receiving and concealing stolen property valued at $1,000 to $20,000.

Dowell appeared in 81st District Court Monday, Dec. 9, and was bound over to circuit court, where arraignment is scheduled for Dec. 18. Dowell faces three separate charges of breaking and entering with intent to commit larceny. B & E with intent is a felony that carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

Dowell is currently being lodged in the Arenac County Jail. Thoryk was released on bond.


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