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Police still searching for Joseph Butler


The Post received several inquiries about police activity surrounding the storage units located on White Creek near 16 Mile, on Friday, January 23.

According to Sgt. Jason Kelley, of the Kent County Sheriff Department’s Cedar Springs Unit, a deputy saw a suspicious vehicle in or near the storage facility. Contact was made with the driver and information was gathered indicating Joseph Clayton Butler, 34, who is wanted for an alleged copper wire theft, was recently in the vehicle and was believed to still be in the area. Several cruisers were called in to assist in locating Butler but they were unsuccessful.

Sgt. Kelley said there was also information of a possible meth cook in a storage unit. KANET (Kent Area Narcotics Team) responded and checked the storage unit, and advised there was not an active meth cook. The incident still remains under investigation.

The Post reported last week that Butler reportedly stole valuable copper wire from an area business then sold it in Grand Rapids. He is wanted on a charge of buying/selling stolen scrap metal, a five-year felony. If you have any information on where he is, please contact Detective Rob Porter at (616) 632-6017, Detective Mike Hopkins at (616) 632-6015, or Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345.

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