MARQUETTE COUNTY - A man accused of stealing female undergarments and swim wear from victims in the Witch Lake area of Marquette County faces amended criminal charges, according to officials.
The Marquette County Sheriff's Department and Prosecuting Attorney's Office announced Thursday the amendment of criminal charges pending against suspect William Joseph Miller, 48, of Witch Lake, Republic Township.
Two original misdemeanor charges of larceny of $200 or more, but less than $1,000 have been amended to include notices of being a second or subsequent offense, which enhances them to felony charges carrying a maximum punishment of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine on each count. A third count of the amended complaint against Miller remains a misdemeanor charge of breaking & entering a vehicle to steal property less than $200, which has a maximum punishment of 93 days in jail and a $500 fine.
Miller, a registered sex offender, is accused of taking clothing items in at least 10 separate incidents occurring between July 17-25. In eight of those, clothing items were removed from clothes lines at camps on Witch Lake. The two remaining incidents involved clothing being taken from vehicles.
On July 27, deputies served a search warrant on Miller's residence.
Evidence was found during the search connecting him to at least the 10 separate reports of stolen property and he was arrested and lodged in the county jail that night.
Bond has been set at $5,000 on each of the three charges, and a preliminary examination is scheduled for Aug. 14. Miller remains lodged in the Marquette County Jail. The sheriff's department is continuing to investigate the case.