Man Charged In Biggby Donation Jar Theft

A 21-year-old man was charged Tuesday in the theft of a veterans donation jar theft.

A 21-year-old man was charged after police said he stole a donation jar containing hundreds of dollars for a Macomb County fallen soldiers' monument at the Monday evening.

Bryan Burrows was arraigned on charges of larceny from a building and possesion of narcotics in 41-A District Court Tuesday. A judge set a $15,000 bond for each charge and a probable cause hearing for Feb. 21.

Employees said Burrows had been sitting at the store on Van Dyke, just north of 23 Mile for about an hour before he walked up to the register around 9:15 p.m. as employees worked to close up and grabbed the donation jar off the counter. Burrows stormed out of the coffee shop and ran into his SUV parked outside, police said.

Witnesses and employees were able to provide police with a partial license plate number. Detective Lt. Stan Muszynski said police tracked down the suspected vehicle near 23 Mile and Van Dyke roads within an hour of the robbery, and arrested Burrows, who had been contacted by his family and urged to to turn himself in.

“I think it was good cooperation by the people that work at the store, as well as good police work that made the quick arrest happen,” said Muszynski.

Biggby employees told police there was between $300 and $400 in the donation jar. Local franchise owner Dave Daynko brought out a two-foot tall wooden donation box with a steel lock Tuesday.

for the Hearts of America Memorial at the Macomb County building in Mount Clemens to honor the county’s fallen soldiers since the beginning of February.

"He stole from dead veterans -- this wasn’t my money or the VFWs -- it was funds donated for a memorial on their behalf," said Danyko.

The stolen money has not been recovered.

Matt Guarnieri February 07, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Did they retrieve any of the donations?... What’s up with these young kids thinking it’s OK to rob and steal?
jholeton jr February 08, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Are any of you noticing a trend of criminality in Shelby Township? More and more 18-25 year olds are robbing businesses and invading homes in Shelby Township. Why is this? You can sell your soul to the devil and get a college loan from the Government. Its not because there is no opportunity for education. There are (2) major colleges close to Shelby Township. Perhaps, it is from the drug and alcohol culture which is prevalent in all the major social medias that these kids saturate themselves with. Either way, you had better start burying your belongings. There is no police to patrol the streets anymore. They are all up at the Shelby Township Board Meeting protecting the politicians and censoring what is and isnt said by the constituency. Just watch the video. When the Nightingale supporters got vocal, the(4) police clamped down. But when the Clerk Nominee Grote crowd got riled up and cheering, they did absolutely nothing and let it continue. So much for rules of decorum. Apparently, you can break this rule if you where nice clothes. Watch the video and judge for yourself how your government conducts a public meeting. Its there, unless its been edited out intentionally.
Matt Guarnieri February 08, 2012 at 03:58 PM
In defense, there was a lot of out of order speaking and multiple people approaching the fodium when Nightingales spoke...... With the Clerk nomination, people did clap but I did not feel the threat as I do with the Nightingales. The police are there to protect your right to speak, at your turn, without people yelling in the bacground. Allowing chaos threatens the rights of the meek to stand up to the strong. We all have to feel safe to speak our minds...... yet keep quiet so everyone can observe the meetings. Just sit quietly and when called upon, speak your mind and thensit back down. I learned this is proper conduct in 1st grade, so why so much talking and distractions at a business meeting?
Kermit Smith February 08, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Mr Holeson...no police to patrol the streets??? I guess them catching the guy in under two hours isnt good enough for you??? You think the police department has enough officers to put one on every corner??? You really believe this random crime could have been prevented???? How so??? If a cop was in the coffee shop it wouldnt have happened your right, but if that same cop is there for too long you complain they are doing nothing.....your like Matt you dont know what side of the fence to be on...
Seymour Concerned February 08, 2012 at 11:07 PM
OxyContin isn't free. That's why. Bet my life the McDonald's thief is also an opiate addict.
david danyko February 09, 2012 at 12:01 AM
I watched the police solve the case in my store. They did an outstanding job. first there was 1, then 2, then 3, then 1, then 3 again. During this time there were multiple communications with others. Who? I don't know. Don't care. All I do know that a random incident identified at 9:12 pm was understood, verified, certified and solved by 9:40 pm. If that is not sufficient reaction on a random act of violence i suggest we expect way too much. Further, to see this level of communications, personal cooperation and activity demonstrated for me an observer on site was a clear demonstration of their capability. Thank you. Lets celebrate their successes so they don't have to worry or concentrate on random the failures that they can't control. No one is perfect let alone an organization of a hundred folks.
Matt Guarnieri February 09, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Did they recover any of the donations Dave? Just a note; I was driving at 23 Mile and Shelby Parkway at about 3:45pm today (Wednesday) and saw a police officer get out of his patrol car and help push a broken down pick up truck out of the way of traffic. He stopped oncoming traffic and instead of just sitting there, he helped the pedestrian with his vehicle. This is the kind of thing I have not witnessed since the 80's. An officer physically exerting himself to help the citizens in need. I know it happens but I rarely personally witness this.
Kermit Smith February 10, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Matt, do you really think that they guy who was caught gave the money back??? Look at his picture...looks like a drug addict.....and again out men & women of the Shelby Police Department do a GREAT job, responding, solving, and arresting a criminal...yet you complain...its never good enough for you, you will always have negative comments...why is that??? bad interactions with police? you a criminal? I have dealt with several members of our police department and I have never had a bad experience with them..all very professional....
Matt Guarnieri February 10, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Wasn't complaining at all. I was being hopeful that maybe the kid didn't have time to spend or stash the cash. I don't knock the cops at all, by quickly catching these punks they prevent crooks from thinking they can get away with these crimes. I don't always have necative comments, I try to see all possibilities and hope for the best first..... then... when it's appearent that no positive motive is evident..... I point out the obvious...... The memorial is a positive cause..... just wish there were less dishonest, selfish people around.
Kermit Smith February 15, 2012 at 04:34 AM
One of the obvious points Matt is that you spend way to much time whining & complaining about everything instead of doing something about it.....well except for holding up signs at board meetings....wonder what that accomplished.....
Matt Guarnieri February 16, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Mr. Smith, maybe some of the cash stolen was what I donated and I was concerned about it. Should I donate again? I feel the desire to. I snuck in put my money in and snuck out without ordering anything. I approve of the cause and feel its right to help and am sad about the theft and the behavior of the kid who stole the donations. I did not order a coffee. I only had the Bigby coffee once last spring, in the morning, it was very bitter, I tossed it. I am a purist, I like coffee black and strong not watery and bitter. I am considering a return drive thru though since I believe Mr. Danyko seems like a nice honest guy and I shouldn't hold him responsible for a bad cup just months after he opened. Maybe I will write about my experiences with coffee here, it would be a nice change of pace.
Jeffery Berz February 20, 2012 at 03:48 AM
It was probably Matt who dropped the pennies in the jar to sound like he made a contribution. You say you are sad. That's the most truthful statement you have made in a long time. A purist? LMAO!!!!! You make me laugh more and more all the time! Thanks for the comedy!


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