CANTON, MI – On Wednesday, the Canton Police Department executed a search warrant at Tony’s Pawn Shop on Fort Street in Wyandotte. The search warrant was issued following five months of investigation by the Canton Police Department and Michigan State Police, with assistance from the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, into alleged criminal enterprise activity occurring at the pawn shop.
Anthony Paul Wojtala, 25-years-old, of Wyandotte, was arraigned yesterday in 27th District Court in Wyandotte on 22 charges including:
- (1) Count of Conducting a Criminal Enterprise; Felony: 20 Years
- (2) Count of Use of a Computer to Commit a Crime; Felony: 7- and 20-Years
- (8) Counts of Organized Retail Crime, Felony; 5 Years
- (6) Counts of Second Hand Dealer-Failure to Display/Record Transactions, Misdemeanor; 6 Months
- (5) Counts of Receiving & Concealing Stolen Property, Felony; 5 Years
- And Habitual Offender, 4th Offense
27th District Court Judge Randy L. Kalmach set Wojtala’s bond at $250,000 (10%), with a GPS tether.
Wojtala’s Probable Cause Conference is scheduled with Judge James Kandrevas in 28th District Court (Southgate) on July 27, 2018. His Preliminary Exam is scheduled to be held back at 27th District Court (Wyandotte) on August 2, 2018.
Prosecutor Kym Worthy said, “This is yet another case that illustrates how businesses in Wayne County are continuously fleeced. The alleged behavior of this defendant affects every consumer in our region.”
The Wayne County Prosecutors Office released the following information pertaining to this case:
On July 19, 2018 Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy charged Anthony Paul Wojtala, Jr., 25-years-old, of Wyandotte, in connection with an organized retail fraud scheme involving the purchase of items stolen from Canton big box stores and sold through Tony’s Pawn Shop located 1300 block of Fort Street in Wyandotte owned by Wojtola.
Between March 8, 2018 and July 10, 2018, it is alleged that Anthony 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 Anthony Wojtala purchased the items and sold some of them through Tony’s Pawn Shop. It is further alleged that he also took possession of stolen items and sold them from his Wyandotte residence.
The Investigation by the Canton Police Department led to the arrest of the defendant. More detailed information about will be presented on the record in court.
Based on records from the Michigan Department of Corrections, Anthony Wojtala’s past crimes date back to 2012. Wojtala was on parole at the time of his arrest. He was convicted previously for the following:
- Asslt w/Int Gr Bod Hrm Less Murder
- Domestic Violence
- Police Officer – Assault/Resist/Obstruct