Saline teen charged in MSU student’s death faces larceny and identity theft …

One of the Saline teenagers charged in the homicide of Michigan State University student Dustyn Frolka will be in court Tuesday on larceny and identity theft charges from a separate Pittsfield Township case.

Online court records show Tyrel Bredernitz, 18, is facing charges of identity theft, obtaining identity information with intent to commit identity theft, stealing a financial transaction device and larceny in a building. He’s scheduled for a preliminary exam at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at the 14A-1 District Court in Pittsfield Township.

The charges stem from a Pittsfield Township police investigation into a September report.

According to the police report. Bredernitz was staying with a Pittsfield Township woman, who was a family friend, after being kicked out of his home. The home is located in the 2100 block of Maple Creek Boulevard.

Tyrel Bredernitz 

Bredernitz arrived at the home about 11:30 p.m. Aug. 30 and stayed there until about 7 p.m. Sept. 6. According to the report, the woman who owned the home noticed things missing and out of place throughout the week Bredernitz was in her home.

The woman noticed cash was stolen from her purse and her debit card was used for an online purchase that she did not make. She reported the incidents to police on Sept. 9.

During an interview with police, Bredernitz denied taking anything from the woman. He said he had been in the woman’s bedroom with her children, who he said were going through her possessions. He denied taking any money or using the debit card to make a purchase.

However, in December police came into possession of a package linking Bredernitz to the theft, according to the report.

On Dec. 3, police were notified an official with the Saline Area Schools had found a package while cleaning out Bredernitz’s locker. Bredernitz had recently been expelled and was given a trespass warning not to return to the Liberty School, home of the Saline Alternative Education program.

Carol Melcher, principal of the alternative education program, said she noticed the package had the name of a non-student on it. She turned the package over to police.

The woman who housed Bredernitz said she didn’t order that package. Investigation revealed the PayPal account used to purchase the package was in Bredernitz’s name and had his email address as the contact. The purchase was flagged as probable unauthorized credit card use.

According to court records, Bredernitz was charged in the case on March 26, about a month after he was arraigned on charges related to Frolka’s homicide. His bond in the case was set at 10 percent of $2,000.

Bredernitz was charged in February in Frolka’s death. He, Samantha Grigg and Brendan Heim all face charges of felony murder, armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery for Frolka’s death.

The three are charged with robbing Frolka for drug money, beating him with brass knuckles and throwing him from a moving car on Interstate 69 in Bath Township. They’re held in the Clinton County Jail without bond.

Bredernitz is being represented by the Washtenaw County Public Defender’s Office in the Pittsfield Township case.

In the homicide case, Bredernitz waived his preliminary hearing last week. He is negotiating a plea deal, according to prosecutors. His next court date hasn’t been set.

Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for The Ann Arbor News. He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter. Find all Washtenaw County crime stories here.

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