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Detroit's Most Wanted captured: Man targeted popular Detroit restaurants

Posted: 2:07 PM, Jun 28, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-28 18:07:28Z

Another one of Detroit's Most Wanted has been captured thanks to a WXYZ viewer tip. Willie Wright, who targeted several popular Detroit restaurants, was arrested in Cumberland, Ind. by the U.S. Marshals Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force.

Wright targeted restaurants including Mudgie's Deli, Union Street Bar, Batch Brewery, Lady of the House and more. 

"Willie Wright and his crew responsible for terrorizing the city of Detroit for months," U.S. Marshal Deputy Aaron Garcia said. "Not only breaking in, they’re busting down doors, crow bars, vandalizing, breaking out windows."

The crew left video evidence of their crimes everywhere they went. In 2017, Mudgie's Deli fell victim in April – cash missing from the safe and a tv were stolen. Next up, They Say Bar – where the door was busted open- the thieves stole the whole cash register, lock box and $7,000.

"These businesses are the backbone of the success of the city," Garcia said. 

Union Street Bar was next in July near Wayne State University. Mudgie's was hit again in August, and Batch Brewery in September, the scariest of them all.

"At 7 a.m. when we had employees in here someone broke in the building," Batch Brewery Owner Stephen Roginson said.

Police say Wright had gloves and a mask on. Fortunately, no one was hurt in the dangerous encounter.

"These neighborhoods and cities and business owners are very committed to being a part of the community, investing in the community, you know we’re residents, I’ve lived in the community for about 10 years. We have a responsibility to keep everyone safe," Roginson said.

Lady of the House was next – when the crime spree ended. Wright was taken into custody and pleaded guilty to all of the charges. When it came time for sentencing, he disappeared.