Sand Lake man with lengthy record arrested again


By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 8:03 pm on Friday, January 06, 2012

Bruce Wireman

EUREKA TOWNSHIP — A local man with a lengthy criminal record was arrested Thursday for breaking and entering and stealing — again.
Bruce Wireman, 32, of Sand Lake, was arraigned and charged with breaking and entering a building with intent. He is scheduled for a preliminary examination Jan. 17 in 64B District Court.
Montcalm County sheriff’s deputies arrested Wireman after a break-in on Baker Road between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
Deputies learned of a possible location for the stolen items near Maston Lake in Kent County. Detectives from both counties executed a search warrant at Wireman’s house and recovered a large amount of stolen property, including a 1997 Polaris snowmobile and various tools.
“We’re trying to connect the pieces here,” said Undersheriff Mark Bellinger. “Some of the property was recovered from the Baker Road incident. We’re trying to see where other stolen property came from.”
Kent County sheriff’s detectives are also investigating whether any of the stolen property is connected to any of their cases.
Bellinger said Deputy Doug Houser was instrumental in breaking the case, along with assistance from the sheriff’s detective bureau.
Anyone with information about this crime or other crimes is asked to call the sheriff’s tip line at (989) 831-7393.
Wireman is well known to local law enforcement officials.
In 1999, he was convicted in Ionia County of larceny, receiving stolen property and fleeing a police officer. He was sentenced to from three years and four months to five years in prison.
In 2000, he was convicted in Montcalm County of unlawful use of a motor vehicle. He was sentenced to from one to two years in prison.
In 2004 he was convicted of uttering and publishing false checks at Huntington Bank in Greenville. He was sentenced to from one year and five months to five years in prison.
Also in 2004, he was convicted in Ionia County of breaking and entering a building with intent. He was sentenced to from three years and two months to 20 years in prison.
Also in 2004, he was convicted in Kent County of breaking and entering a building with intent and fleeing a police officer. He was sentenced to from two years and 11 months to 20 years in prison.
In February 2007, Wireman and his brother, Brandon Wireman, attempted to steal snowmobiles from Nelson’s Speed Shop north of Greenville.
The Wireman brothers’ footprints were found in the snow and canine units tracked them down through a swampy area from the business into the city of Greenville. Bruce Wireman was found hiding in a trash bin in Greenville. He was sentenced in May 2007 to one year in the Montcalm County Jail.
Wireman broke into Jensen’s Lawn & Garden Center in Greenville in May 2008, just hours after he had been released from jail. He was sentenced in April 2009 to from two to 10 years in prison. He was paroled in April 2011.
“He’s been in trouble with the law for a long time,” Bellinger said.

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