Arrest warrants have been issued for incidents involving the previously reported LaPalme’s Country Corner breaking and entering.
The Marquette County Prosecutor’s Office has authorized four felony charges and one misdemeanor charge for Benjamin Wyatt. Wyatt is from Escanaba, Michigan and is 28 years old. He is currently in custody in the Delta County Jail for unlawful driving away an automobile and a hold has been placed on him for the Marquette County charges.
Wyatt is suspected of stealing a pickup from Escanaba in the late evening of Sunday, July 1, 2018. He drove the pickup to the LaPalme’s Country Corner and broke into the residence portion of the building. He also entered into the attached post office and store. A total estimated $9,000 was stolen or damaged during this incident.
Wyatt is then believed to have drove the stolen pickup, with the stolen items, down the Little West Road in Wells Township. The stolen pickup lost control on the Little West Road and overturned in the Little West Branch of the Escanaba River.
It is believed that Wyatt then walked and broke into a camp, also on the Little West Road, where he slept and took some dry clothes and footwear. In the early afternoon of Monday, July 2, 2018, a Wells Township man gave Wyatt a ride to the Mobile Gas Station in Gwinn. Wyatt then took the MarqTran bus to the City of Marquette where he stole a pickup and drove back to Escanaba.
The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office has obtained felony warrants for Benjamin Wyatt for home invasion – 1st degree, home invasion -2nd degree, and felony firearms.
The Marquette City Police has obtained a warrant for Benjamin Wyatt for unlawful driving away an automobile and driving while license suspended.
The Marquette County charges will not proceed until Escanaba Public Safety’s charge of driving away an automobile is resolved in Delta County.
The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office would like to express their appreciation to the public for assistance in this case.