Lottery Winners Arrested for Home Invasions Spanning Five Counties
Two people were arrested Thursday, August 29 for a string of home invasions and burglaries spanning five counties over a two month period.
Police say 28-year-old Stephanie Harvell and 29-year-old Mitchell Arnswald, former Michigan Lottery winners, are currently charged with one count each of second degree home invasion and possession of burglary tools. The couple won $500,000 in 2016 playing a $5 Hot Ticket scratch-off ticket from a store in Bay City. Now they’re in the Bay County jail on a $50,000 bond, which they’ve yet to post.
Police say the burglaries took place in Bay, Arenac, Midland, Tuscola and Saginaw counties. They were arrested at the Hampton Township Meijer after a Merritt Township homeowner reported their home had been broken into. Police found the couple in an SUV matching the suspect vehicle description with stolen items allegedly inside. A search warrant was issued for their home, where police say further stolen items were found.