According to the Michigan State Police, police departments serving the western portion of Montcalm County have taken over 50 complaints involving the theft of televisions, iPads, Xboxes, Playstations, quads, motorcycles, bicycles and a safe, since January 2012. These complaints varied from larcenies to home invasions. They occurred at all times of the day or night, and several times while the occupants of the home were present. In several of these incidents, the homeowners confronted the suspects, at the time of the theft.
Area departments, including the Howard City Police, Montcalm County Sheriff, and Michigan State Police began working to solve these complaints through a cooperative effort among departments. Suspects were developed and surveillance was conducted on the suspects.
Two Howard City suspects were arrested as a result of the surveillance. They are believed to be responsible for the majority of the break-ins in the western Montcalm and eastern Newaygo County areas. Names are being withheld until arraignment.
As a result of this investigation, several quads, a motorcycle, a go-cart, a safe, several televisions, gaming stations, other electronics, and a bicycle, have been recovered to date. The owners have been identified in the majority of the recovered items.