Burglary suspect found inside business being robbed

ISHPEMING – A Marquette man was arraigned in Marquette County District Court in Ishpeming Tuesday afternoon for allegedly breaking into Elaine’s Place in Ishpeming early Tuesday morning.

James William Haack, 33, was arraigned via video conferencing by Judge Roger Kangas on charges of breaking and entering a building with intent and possession of burglary tools. Both are 10-year felonies.

The Ishpeming City Police Department was contacted at about 1:17 a.m. Tuesday after a silent alarm was set off at Elaine’s Place on Third and Vine streets in Ishpeming. Police arrived at the store less than five minutes later to find that someone had tried and failed to break into the front door. Due to the damage to the door’s lock and jamb, police were unable to enter the store through the door when the store’s owner Elaine Racine arrived minutes later with the key.

Officers also noticed that a window in Racine’s office had been broken with a rock.

“They saw that there was a broken window and they knew somebody was in the building,” Racine said.

Ishpeming police, with assistance from the Negaunee City Police Department and Michigan State Police at the Negaunee post, surrounded the store and two officers entered through the broken window. The officers allegedly found Haack hiding in the basement. He is lodged at Marquette County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bond on each count.

“I’m just grateful he wasn’t armed,” Ishpeming police Chief Dan Willey said of Haack. “Things like that can go bad really quick.”

Racine said that Haack allegedly entered through the window and after going through her desk proceeded to the front counter. She said that everything in the store was locked down except for a jar she’d put out to collect money for a “community function.” The jar had about $140 of marked money, all of which was recovered when police allegedly found it in Haack’s pocket, Racine said.

Haack’s preliminary exam is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Sept. 17 in District Court in Ishpeming .

Zach Jay can be reached at 906-486-4401.