Austin Michael Miller was arraigned on a charge of first-degree home invasion on his birthday, Sept. 20. He remains jailed on a $25,000 bond after being charged with the break-in of a Spring Lake home the day before.
Two other area men were also arrested in connection with the same home invasion.
Between $10,000 and $15,000 worth of jewelry, electronics and a handgun were taken on the morning of Sept. 19 from a home in the 500 block of Buena Vista, said Detective Corey Allard of the Spring Lake/Ferrysburg Police Department. The homeowners had left their Spring Lake house and returned a couple of times that morning, but didn’t realize anything was missing until just before calling the police early that afternoon.
A tip received that night led police to a home in the 13000 block of Taft Street in Crockery Township, Allard said.
“Part of the tip was regarding drugs at that location,” the detective said. “We called in (the West Michigan Enforcement Team) and got a search warrant.”
Ottawa County Sheriff’s deputies responded and recovered some of the jewelry and a camera at the Taft Street residence.
Deputies arrested James Michael Schultz, 31, of Grand Haven; and Anthony Curtis Randall, 20, of Nunica, for receiving and concealing stolen goods. Both men entered not-guilty pleas when arraigned by video on Sept. 20 in Ottawa County District Court. Both are free on bond, which was $2,500/10 percent for Schultz and $1,000 personal recognizance for Randall.
Information obtained during the arrest of Schultz and Randall led police to Miller and a home in the 17000 block of Franklin Street in Spring Lake Township. It was there that police said they recovered the stolen firearm and more jewelry.
The arrest of a fourth person is possible, Allard added.
All three men have past criminal convictions.
Randall was convicted of operating while impaired and use of marijuana, both last year.
Schultz’s most recent charge was driving with a suspended license earlier this year. Previous charges included littering in 2009, operating while impaired in 2005, breaking and entering in 1999, minor in possession in 1999, and breaking and entering a vehicle in 1998.
Miller’s criminal history includes minor in possession in 2012; and criminal sexual conduct, carrying a concealed weapon and assault and battery in 2011. He also had assault and battery charges in 2010 and 2008, and a malicious destruction of property charge in 2009.
Miller faces arraignment on his charge in Ottawa County Circuit Court on Oct. 7. Pre-trial hearings for Schultz and Randall are scheduled for this week.
Allard said police are still trying to recover several items taken in the home invasion. He noted that the house was not locked at the time, and encouraged residents to always lock their vehicles and houses.