LIVONIA – The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office arrested a local resident for allegedly stealing a security camera from his neighbor, who had an order of protection against him.
According to a press release from Livingston County Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, Russel Maurer, 61, was arrested for felony Attempted Burglary in the Third Degree, misdemeanor Criminal Contempt in the Second Degree, misdemeanor Petit Larceny, and Trespass, a violation.
During the overnight hours of Feb. 17, Deputy Caleb Cutting was conducting a proactive property check at a home on Bronson Hill Road.
Dougherty said that due to past problems between those neighbors, the Sheriff’s Office offered to check the property several weeks ago.
While checking the homeowner’s property, Cutting discovered that a motion light and surveillance camera were missing from a pole barn. It was also found that over a dozen screws were removed from the sheet metal of the barn where access could have been gained.
The suspect was quickly identified as the neighbor, Maurer, against whom the homeowners already had an order of protection.
The press release said that the Sheriff’s Office had arrested Maurer on related crimes in the past.
The Criminal Investigations Division and Forensic Identification Unit responded to the scene, and Maurer was arrested.
Maurer was turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. The District Attorney’s Office was contacted in regards to bail and the recommendation was $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond. Maurer was later arraigned in the Town of Livonia Court before Judge Robert Lemen, who ordered Maurer held in jail on $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond.