Holland Township Man facing 15th Arrest for Theft in Mason County

LUDINGTON, MI – Dennis Ray Howard, 43-years-old, of Holland MI, who has 19 prior criminal convictions, has been arraigned on charges stemming from a complaint filed on Saturday, August 24th, 2019, involving the theft of a license plate from a vehicle parked at the Walmart Store in Pere Marquette Township.

Howard, Dennis Ray

Dennis Ray Howard – Photo Credit: Mason County Sheriff

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.

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. Dennis Howard 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.

Dennis Howard has been arraigned on the following charges:

Count 1: Stolen Property—Receiving & Concealing–$1,000.00 or more (Felony 5 years)
Count 2: Retail Fraud—First Degree with a second Offense Notice—(Felony 5 years) related to a retail fraud at Home Depot
Count 3: License Documents/Plate—Forgery (Felony 1-5 years)
Count 4: Retail Fraud 2nd degree with a second Offense Notice (Misd. 1 year) related the a retail fraud at Walmart
Habitual Offender—Fourth Offense Notice

Based on records from the Michigan Department of Corrections, he has previous convictions for the following:

  1. Dennis Howard was in the vehicle at the time of the current arrest with another convicted sex offender. Howard was convicted in 2003 at the age of 27 for Criminal Sexual Conduct – Fourth Degree (Force or Coercion) (attempted)
  2. Controlled Substance-Possession Of Marijuana – 2 counts
  3. Retail Fraud – 1st Degree – 3 counts
  4. Breaking & Entering A Vehicle With Damage to Vehicle – 3 counts

Howard remains lodged in the Mason County Jail on a $10,000.00 cash/surety bond.

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