Wyandotte man facing 22 charges related to criminal activity at pawn shop

Posted at 11:05 AM, Jul 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-20 12:46:30-04

A 25-year-old Wyandotte man is facing 22 charges related to alleged criminal enterprise activity at a pawn shop.

Anthony Paul Wojtala was arrested after five months of investigation into Tony's Pawn Shop on Fort Street in Wyandotte.

It is alleged that between March and July, Wojtala purchased high-value goods from Home Depot, Target, Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, Kroger and Meijer stores in Canton. It is further alleged that he sold some of those items and sold them through the pawn shop.

The charges he is facing include:

  • 1 count of Conducting a Criminal Enterprise, a 20-year felony
  • 2 counts of Use of a Computer to Commit a Crime, a 7 and 20-year felony
  • 8 Counts of Organized Retail Crime, a 5-year felony
  • 6 Counts of Second Hand Dealer-Failure to Display/Record Transactions, a 6-month misdemeanor
  • 5 Counts of Receiving and Concealing Stolen Property, a 5-year felony.
  • Habitual Offender, 4th Offense

Wojtala's bond was set at $250,000 with a GPS tether.

"This is yet another case that illustrates how businesses in Wayne County are continuously fleeced," said Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy. "The alleged behavior of this defendant affects every consumer in our region."