Esky man faces home invasion, auto theft charges

MARQUETTE — Multiple arrest warrants have been issued in Marquette County for a man charged with stealing a pickup truck in Escanaba earlier this summer, according to a press release issued by the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office.

The Marquette County Prosecutor’s Office has authorized four felony charges and a misdemeanor charge for Benjamin Wyatt, 28, of Escanaba. The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office has obtained felony warrants for Wyatt for home invasion – first degree, home invasion – second degree, and felony firearms. The Marquette City Police Department has obtained warrants for Wyatt for unlawful driving away of an automobile and driving while license suspended.

Wyatt is currently in custody at the Delta County Correctional Facility for unlawful driving away of an automobile, and a hold has been placed on him for the Marquette County charges. The Marquette County charges will not proceed until Escanaba Public Safety’s charge is resolved in Delta County.

The case has also been forwarded to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for review and consideration of federal charges.

Wyatt is suspected of stealing a pickup truck in Escanaba on the evening of Sunday, July 1. He is believed to have driven the pickup to LaPalme’s Country Corner and to have broken into the residence portion of this building, as well as entering the attached post office and store. An estimated $9,000 in stolen property and damage was caused.

Wyatt is then believed to have driven the stolen pickup (with the stolen items in tow) down Little West Road in Wells Township. He lost control of the vehicle on this road and it overturned in the Little West Branch of the Escanaba River.

After this, Wyatt is believed to have walked away and broken into a camp along Little West Road; there, he is said to have slept and taken dry clothes and footwear. On the afternoon of Monday, July 2, a Wells Township man gave Wyatt a ride to the Mobil gas station in Gwinn. From there, Wyatt took the MarqTran bus to Marquette, where he stole a pickup and drove back to Escanaba.

In the press release, the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office thanked the public for their assistance in this case.