Kimberly Lynn Cooper, 1700 Robbins Road, now faces arraignment May 27 in Ottawa County Circuit Court on a charge of breaking and entering a building with intent. The felony charge carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.
The 47-year-old Grand Haven woman remains free on a $7,500 bond.
Ottawa County Sheriff’s deputies were called to M&M U Stor and Lock, 16844 Robbins Road in Grand Haven Township, shortly after 4 p.m. April 14 when the hanging monkey was discovered.
Police said a renter reported his storage unit had been entered and he found the blue monkey hanging by a jump rope. A note around the monkey’s neck read, “This is you.”
Capt. Mark Bennett of the Sheriff’s Department said the note was apparently a response to a note the man left in the storage unit after it was entered the previous day. That note said, “Stay out of here. This is not your stuff.”
Deputies returned to the storage unit at about 5:30 p.m. April 14 and caught Cooper inside it, Bennett said. Items from the storage unit, including a wheelchair, were found in her vehicle.
The detective said break-ins had occurred on occasion at other storage units, but police do not believe Cooper was involved in those.