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Battle Creek man caught in storage theft attempt
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The Michigan State Police announced on Thursday that an arrest has been made after a truck was stolen in Battle Creek, and six storage units were broken into in Van Buren County.
A joint investigation by the Southwest Commercial Auto Recovery team (SCAR), and the SouthWest Enforcement Team (SWET), in conjunction with the Michigan State Police resulted in the arrest of the 32-year-old suspect, who is not being identified as of yet.
Citizen tips alerted SCAR officials of plans to steal a truck from the Battle Creek Transportation Center commuter lot on Wednesday afternoon, and to likely use the truck for thefts from storage units somewhere outside of Battle Creek.
As part of the investigation, surveillance was set up around the area, and observed the theft in progress. Police followed to the suspect's Battle Creek residence, and then to Gobles, MI, where the suspect was reportedly observed breaking into six self-storage units at two different facilities in the area.
At the second facility, Michigan State Police troopers arrested the suspect while in the process of loading the stolen property.
The managers at both facilities were contacted, and the owners of the missing property have been identified and contacted.
A warrant was then executed at the suspect's house on Chestnut Street in Battle Creek, looking for additional stolen property.
Investigators found additional evidence, as well as components in the production of meth.
The suspect is currently being housed in Van Buren County Jail, and is awaiting arraignment in both Van Buren and Calhoun County on charges from the theft of the vehicle, the thefts from the storage units, and the methamphetamine production.