CADILLAC — The 30-year-old Cadillac man who was arrested and arraigned last month for allegedly stealing precious metals and possessing methamphetamine was formally charged in 28th Circuit Court.
Scott Allen McDaniel Jr. stood mute to a charge of larceny of $1,000 or more but less than $20,000 for allegedly stealing silver and platinum bars on May 9 in Springville Township. A habitual offender fourth offense notice also was added to the charge.
In addition to the larceny charge, he stood mute to charges of possession of methamphetamine, operating while license suspended, revoked or denied second or subsequent offense and operating a motor vehicle without security for his connection with an incident on May 12 in Cadillac. A habitual offender fourth offense notice was added to the charges.
In both cases, the habitual offender fourth offense notice carries a maximum penalty of up to life in prison if the primary offense is punishable by up to five years in prison or 15 years in prison if the primary offense is punishable by under five years in prison.
If convicted, McDaniel Jr. faces up to life in prison in both cases.
The charges in both cases are merely accusations and not evidence of guilt. McDaniel Jr. is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law. The prosecution has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
McDaniel Jr. was pulled over by a Michigan State Police trooper at 1 a.m. on May 12 in Cadillac for an alleged registration violation. A check determined McDaniel Jr. had a suspended license and no insurance. A search of McDaniel’s person was performed during the investigation and revealed approximately one gram of suspected methamphetamine, according to police.
Troopers subsequently searched the vehicle and located 10, 10-ounce silver bars and four 1-ounce platinum bars in a case in the back seat of the vehicle. The estimated value of the bars was nearly $5,000, police said. Through the investigation, it was determined McDaniel stole the silver and platinum from a residence in Mesick.
McDaniel was arrested and lodged in the Wexford County Jail pending his arraignment in 84th District court last month.
On May 15, a tip came into the Cadillac MSP Post alleging McDaniel Jr. traded some of the platinum for a Jeep and a camper in LeRoy, police said. Troopers went to the residence in LeRoy and discovered approximately $29,000 worth of platinum bars buried in the backyard.
A $25,000 cash or surety bond was remanded or revoked for the larceny-related case while a $50,000 cash or surety bond was remanded or revoked on the drug and driving-related case after he committed bond violations.