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Man arrested for trying to steal plasma cutter


Jacob Abraham Savickas

Jacob Abraham Savickas

A man believed to be involved in several thefts around the county was arrested this week for attempting to steal merchandise from a local farm store.

On Friday, June 19, the Kent County Sheriff Department Cedar Springs Unit responded to a possible retail fraud attempt at Family Farm and Home on 17 Mile, in Cedar Springs.

They reported that a white male attempted to steal a valuable plasma cutter. Employees recognized the man as someone who previously stole welders. The theft was interrupted and the suspect fled the scene.

Store employees provided a thorough vehicle description, including the license plate number to police. After further investigation, the suspect was identified as Jacob Abraham Savickas, 31.

Savickas was arrested, and is currently being held in the Kent County jail, on six charges, several for retail fraud.

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Courtland man arrested for retail fraud


Floyd McCauley

Floyd McCauley

Cedar Springs Police have arrested a Courtland Township man for retail fraud, and he is a suspect in another case as well.

According to Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent, Floyd Frank McCauley, 34, was arrested on January 31 for shoplifting at White Creek Lumber. Police were called there on Wednesday, January 23, after the suspect was caught shoplifting by employees, who detained him.

“The suspect admitted to stealing items not only on Wednesday, but also the day before when he was in the store,” said Chief Parent. “At the time of the investigation, the officer on scene completed the necessary paperwork, giving the subject a date to appear in court. Later, while back at the office, the officer compared information of this suspect for another recent complaint, a retail fraud that took place at Tractor Supply on January 14th. The store surveillance video was checked and this suspect appears to be the same person involved at the White Creek Lumber business,” he explained.

After seeing this new evidence, the police arrested McCauley on January 31. Bond was set at $1,500. He posted bond, and will appear in court on February 13.

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