MOUNT CLEMENS (WWJ) – A 67-year-old man is behind bars after he was allegedly caught breaking into parking meters in downtown Mount Clemens.

Douglas Charles Hastings, of Jackson, Michigan, is facing a felony charge following his arrest by Macomb County Sheriff’s deputies, Saturday afternoon.

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According to sheriff’s officials, detectives from another Oakland County police agency, who had been conducting surveillance on Hastings in connection with other thefts and larcenies in the area, followed him to Mount Clemens where he parked his Chevy pickup truck on Church Street.

They sat and watched while he allegedly went from parking meter to parking meter, in the downtown business area, opening them and emptying the coins.

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When deputies arrested Hastings, they confiscated what they say were homemade tools he used to break into the meters. He also has 858 is cash and $15.25 in change on him, officials said.

Hastings was arraigned 41B District Court on Monday on charges of breaking an entering – coin box, a misdemeanor, and possession of burglary tools, a 10-year felony. Bond was set at $10,000 cash or surety, 10 percent.

He remains jailed awaiting a court appearance on Feb. 24.

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Hastings’s truck, which was was seized, is subject to forfeiture proceedings.