Howard City man charged after 50+ thefts in western Montcalm County

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 4:29 pm on Thursday, October 18, 2012

Jacob Graham

STANTON — One man has been arraigned on charges related to more than 50 breaking and entering incidents in western Montcalm County and a second man will soon be arraigned and charged.

Jacob Nathaniel Graham, 20, of Howard City was arraigned in 64B District Court in Stanton. He is charged with receiving and concealing from $1,000 to $20,000, possession of marijuana and being a habitual offender fourth offense.

Another man from Howard City is lodged in the Montcalm County Jail on unrelated charges, but charges related to the western Montcalm County thefts are soon forthcoming, according to Michigan State Police Lakeview Post Commander Lt. Kevin Sweeney.

Police departments have taken more than 50 complaints since January involving the theft of televisions, Ipads, X boxes, Playstations, quads, motorcycles, bicycles and a safe in western Montcalm County.

Complaints varied from larcenies in buildings to home invasions. They occurred at all times of the day and night, several occurring while the occupants of the home were present. In several of the incidents the suspects were confronted by the homeowners at the time of the incident.

Law enforcement agencies, including the Howard City Police Department, the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department and the Michigan State Police, worked together to solve the complaints though a cooperative effort among the departments. Suspects were developed and surveillance was conducted on these suspects.

Two men from the Howard City area were arrested as a result of the surveillance. They are believed to be responsible for the majority of break-ins in the western Montcalm County and eastern Newaygo County areas.

As a result of the investigation, several quads, a motorcycle, a go cart, a safe, several televisions, gaming stations, other electronics and a bicycle have been recovered to date. The owners have been identified in the majority of these recovered items.

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