Traverse City Record-Eagle

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May 15, 2013

Suspect has multiple prior convictions

TRAVERSE CITY — A suspect in a Curtis Road home invasion already has multiple theft convictions.

Zackariah Hornback, 19, was arraigned Tuesday in 86th District Court on a felony charge from a temporary warrant issued over the weekend.

Grand Traverse County Prosecutor Bob Cooney said Hornback’s charges will be updated to second-degree home invasion, receiving and concealing stolen property and accessory after the fact to a felony. He said Hornback will be arraigned on formal charges at a later date.

Hornback’s three prior felonies — all larceny or home invasion convictions — mean he will be charged as habitual offender and could face life in prison.

Authorities have been investigating a May 7 home invasion where a thief or thieves stole more than $12,000 in valuables, including firearms, a coin and stamp collection, an expensive belt buckle collection and antique guitars.

Court documents state Hornback admitted to investigators he was inside the Curtis Road home, “but only to clean up evidence left by his friends.” A footprint found at the scene matched one of Hornback’s shoes.

Some of the stolen property was recovered when authorities served a search warrant Saturday at another Curtis Road house where Hornback was arrested.

Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Chris Clark said an investigation continues. He would not comment on aspects of the case.

Three others at the Curtis Road house also were arrested on charges unrelated to the search warrant.

Dustin Kantz, 26, who said he rents the Curtis Road residence where authorities served the warrant, told the Record-Eagle on Tuesday that he let Hornback move into the house a month ago because he was essentially homeless. Kantz said he was shocked to learn about his house guest’s potential connection to the crime.

“I was unfortunate enough to let someone stay at my home,” he said.

Kantz said he was arrested on a marijuana possession charge during the police raid and has an upcoming arraignment. He is mentioned several times in the court documents, but maintains he knew nothing of the home invasion or stolen property.

Hornback was being held Tuesday in Grand Traverse County Jail on a 10 percent $10,000 bond.

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