Charges authorized in Antrim, Kalkaska burglaries

Justin Thornburg

TRAVERSE CITY — It could take time before two suspects in a spate of burglaries in Antrim and Kalkaska counties know the full list of criminal charges they face.

Antrim and Kalkaska county sheriff's detectives linked Justin Tyler Thornburg, 28, of Kalkaska, and Terry Jordan Barkovich, 30, of Fife Lake, to break-ins at 25 homes. Investigators believe the suspects plowed driveways at homes before they walked inside and grabbed an estimated $45,000-worth of valuables.

Thornburg faces charges of second-degree home invasion and larceny in a building in Antrim County, where Prosecutor Jim Rossiter said he's yet to authorize charges against another suspect because he still awaits police reports on the crimes.

"When you have this many homes that have been broken into there's a lot of information," he said.

Kalkaska County Prosecutor Mike Perreault on Thursday authorized charges against Barkovich of first-degree home invasion and receiving and concealing stolen property. He said he's also waiting on police reports from other burglaries.

That means Barkovich and Thornburg, who are being held in Kalkaska's and Antrim's jails, respectively, and could face more charges as prosecutors review police reports.

Thornburg had a video arraignment Wednesday in 86th District Court. Court documents state an Antrim County sheriff's deputy found that Thornburg sold stamps and golf clubs reported stolen from a West Torch Lake Drive residence.

Authorities believe the suspects stole televisions, furniture, guns, power tools, collectibles and a stuffed bobcat, among other goods, from seasonal and permanent homes in two counties. About $15,000 in stolen items have been recovered from pawn shops, consignment stores and individual sales. 

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