Stolen License Plate Leads to Walmart Thefts and More in Mason County

LUDINGTON, MI – On Saturday August 24th, 2019, at 10:23 AM, Mason County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a reported stolen license plate complaint in the 2000 block of W. US10. The victim had returned from Walmart and noticed the license plate missing from their vehicle.arrest

An MCSO deputy, following up on the stolen plate complaint responded to Walmart, in the 4800 block of W. US10, to attempt to view security footage. Footage did identify two subjects, a male and female, who were suspected of stealing numerous items from the store. With Walmart personnel alerted to the theft, at 2:14 PM deputies were called back to Walmart, when the suspects returned to the store. A Mason County Deputy immediately responded and stopped the suspect vehicle attempting to leave the parking lot with the reported stolen plate affixed to the vehicle.

Deputies arrested the driver, a 43-year-old Holland MI man, for larceny, Obstructing, Receiving and Concealing Stolen Property. A 33-year-old Muskegon MI man, who was riding in the suspect vehicle, was arrested on a felony Sex Offender Registry warrant out of Fruitport Township PD. The female fled from the scene but has been identified. She has yet to be arrested. The Holland man refused to identify himself, but was identified later in the day through the investigation.

Deputies recovered over 50 items of suspected stolen property; which included electronics, power tools, hand tools, fishing equipment, clothing and a second stolen vehicle registration (stolen out of Ottawa County). Recovered property was found to be missing from Lowe’s ($1,200) and Home Depot ($250) as well as Walmart.

The report will be forwarded to the Mason County Prosecutor’s Office for review and possible additional charges.

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