The man who was arrested and charged in connection with a breaking and entering that occurred last week in Nelson Township has been identified as Richard Melvin Strait, 32, of Grand Rapids.
Kent County Sheriff Deputies were dispatched to a suspicious situation Tuesday, October 2, on Sipple Avenue and 20 Mile Road NE in Nelson Township. Deputies found a man committing a breaking and entering of an outbuilding, and the man fled on foot. The search went for several hours. A Michigan K9 was used to attempt to locate the suspect but it was not successful. The man was finally picked up at 12:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, October 3, while he was attempting to get back to Grand Rapids. He was taken into custody and lodged at the Kent County Jail.
Strait was arraigned on October 4 on charges of breaking and entering of a building with intent, resisting and obstructing a police officer, breaking and entering a vehicle to steal property less than $200, and habitual offender, 4th offense. He also is being held on a parole detainer.