$5 Theft Leads to Jail Time

Five dollars in change may not seem like a lot of money still, when five dollars was stolen from a Michigan man he called police.

But, in a strange twist, the man who made the call wound up in jail!

41 year old Julius Romhilt called police saying another resident at the Bridgman Retirement Home stole five dollars in change from his room.

When police filed a report on the theft they found Romhilt was the one who needed to pay up!

“We went back to arrest him. He thought we were coming back to give him back his five dollars in change that was stolen,” says Chief Gary Ruhl of the Baroda – Lake Township Police Department.

Turns out, there was a warrant for his arrest for more than 20 thousand dollars in back child support.

“I said unfortunately you'll have to put your five dollars into your jail account because you are under arrest for child support warrant,” says Ruhl.

Records show this his eighth arrest in ten years!

Romhilt was released on Monday afternoon but declined to do an interview. He told the staff at the retirement home that he called police because he wanted to teach someone a lesson.

Berrien County's Child Support Office has been looking for the father of two for a year.

Now they'll have to work out some type of payment plan.

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