Stephanie Harvell and Mitchell Arnswald of Bangor, Michigan, were charged with second-degree home invasion and possession of burglary tools
The couple who won $500,000 in Michigan Lottery three years ago were arrested for five-county burglary spree
Harvell, 28, and Arnswald, 29, are suspects in a series of daytime home invasions in Bay, Arenac, Saginaw, Midland, and Tuscola counties
Duo were nabbed after cops spotted their Ford SUV at a store where they were purchasing crow bars and rubber gloves
Cops found items stolen from their last robbery including a safe in the back of their vehicle
Investigators researched town treasury records and discovered the couple owed three years in back taxes on their home.
The couple was living ‘paycheck-to-paycheck’ when Arnswald won $500,000 in a Michigan instant scratch-off game in 2016
Investigators reveal the couple owe three years of property taxes
Harvell and Arnswald, who live in Bangor, are being held in the Bay County Jail on $5,000 cash bonds. They were each charged with second-degree home invasion and possession of burglary tools.
‘There will be more charges coming,’ Cunningham revealed.
A law enforcement task force assembled to investigate the burglaries had researched local treasury records to discover that the couple owes three-years worth of taxes on their home.
Cunningham said that it was later through media reports that investigators also learned that Arnswald had won the lottery in 2016.
Arnswald had purchased the winning scratch-off ticket in the Michigan Lottery’s Hot Jackpot instant game at a gas station.
‘I cried like a baby when I saw what I’d won,’ Harvell said in an interview with lottery officials. ‘I still can’t believe it.’
Harvell said she and Arnswald had been living paycheck-to-paycheck.
‘We both work really hard, and it’s been tough to support our family,’ said Harvell. ‘We recently lost a car and the day I scratched off this ticket we got an eviction notice.’
Harvell and Arnswald personally visited Lottery headquarters to claim their prize, which they had planned to use to buy a house and a car, and set up college funds for her daughters.
Sheriff Cunningham said the couple did not mention their lottery winnings, or if they had ever carried out the plans they laid out for the prize money.