Man breaks into 7 Dearborn businesses to steal donation boxes, police say

Jose Cartalla faces 15 charges

Jose Cartalla
Jose Cartalla (WDIV)

DEARBORN, Mich. – A man has been arrested in connection with seven break-ins and thefts around Dearborn, police said.

Jose Cartalla, 33, has been charged in connection with seven incidents around Dearborn between December and April, according to authorities.

Since December, multiple business owners told police there has been a rash of break-ins and donation box thefts, officials said.

Cartalla was identified as a suspect after a break-in Friday, police said.

“Our generous businesses and community consistently contribute to those who our less fortunate," Dearborn police Chief Ronald Haddad said. "Breaking into businesses during the early morning hours to steal this money is shameful. We will hold the suspect accountable.”

He was arrested and faces four counts of felony breaking and entering a business, five counts of felony larceny from a building, two counts of misdemeanor entering without permission, two count of misdemeanor malicious destruction of property and two counts of misdemeanor violating the governor’s stay-at-home order.

Cartalla was arraigned Monday and is being held at the Wayne County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

The scene of a break-in at a Dearborn business. (WDIV)
The scene of a break-in at a Dearborn business. (WDIV)
The scene of a break-in at a Dearborn business. (WDIV)
The scene of a break-in at a Dearborn business. (WDIV)

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