Burglary bust at Mosaic


Jake Thompson

Police respond to a burglary attempt at Mosaic, which provides services and resources for the mentally disabled, on Friday.

Nicholas Ebelhack

 Fourth time was the charm for the Macomb Police Department on March 25 after responding to a burglary attempt at Mosaic’s Main Office, 220 North Lafayette Street, and arrested Justin Branch, 19, who had admitted to burglarizing the building three times prior to being caught.

 According to a media release from the Macomb Police Department, police found a male subject, later identified as Branch, originally from Chicago, after he attempted to flee from the scene of the crime.

 Police said at Monday’s media briefing that Branch acted alone in his attempt to burglarize the learning facility.

“Embracing God’s call to serve in the world, Mosaic advocates for people with intellectual disabilities and provides opportunities for them to enjoy a full life,” read’s Mosaic’s mission statement.

Police arrived on scene with weapons drawn in response to a broken window on the north side of the building, where officers found Branch attempting to leave the premises through the window, the same one he had used to get into the building on previous attempts.

“The first time the window was slit open, and the last two times and this time he just broke the window,” said Macomb Police Deputy Chief Eric Lenardt.

Branch was then taken into custody by Officers. In an interview with police, he admitted to the burglary on March 25 in addition to the three previous burglaries at the same location. He was charged with four counts of burglary, possession of burglary tools, and resisting/obstructing police. Branch also has other charges pending unnamed.