TRAVERSE CITY — A woman tied to thefts from a downstate retirement community faces charges after police claim she stole credit cards from the rooms of residents living in a similar local community last year.
Several residents at Glen Eagle Retirement Community told Grand Traverse County sheriff's deputies that someone entered their unlocked rooms last September and stole credit cards. Sheriff's Capt. Randy Fewless said the person used the cards at Walmart and Meijer stores in Grand Traverse County the same day, racking up thousands of dollars in purchases.
Detectives worked with Glen Eagle's parent company and identified Kyla-Jai Kemp as a suspect. The 23-year-old woman from the Detroit area once worked for a retirement community in Meridian Township near Lansing where residents reported similar crimes, according to a press release.
Deputies and troopers with the Michigan State Police fugitive team arrested Kemp near Detroit on outstanding warrants from both police agencies. Grand Traverse County prosecutors filed three second-degree home invasion, larceny of between $1,000 and $20,000, and illegal use of a financial transaction device charges against Kemp. She appeared for arraignment on the charges in 86th District Court Monday.
Kemp was driven from Ingham County's jail to a Grand Traverse County jail cell, but has since been released. She is scheduled to next appear in open court for a preliminary exam July 5.
It did not appear she had retained an attorney by Tuesday.