Gun thieves sentenced

Two Grand Haven-area men will each serve more than a decade in prison for stealing guns from stores in Spring Lake and the Twin Lake area.
Becky Vargo
Feb 21, 2014


Joseph Jerry Sweet, 33, and Patrick Cook, 28, were sentenced this week in federal court in Grand Rapids. Sweet was ordered to serve 15 years, eight months in prison. Cook was given a 13-year sentence.

Both men faced sentences of up to 20 years in prison.

The men were also ordered to pay more than $23,000 in restitution for unrecovered firearms and damage to the stores.

The thieves broke into Renegade River, 106 W. Savidge St. in Spring Lake, during the night of June 27, 2013, and stole eight pistols.

Early on July 13, 2013, they broke into Grasmeyer Brothers Gun & Supply Shop in Muskegon County’s Dalton Township and took 20 handguns and four rifles. Nine of the guns were later recovered.

Police said most of the remaining firearms were sold or traded to drug dealers, including an individual who was the defendant’s main heroin supplier.

The joint investigation was conducted by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Muskegon County Sheriff’s Department; Spring Lake/Ferrysburg Police Department; Grand Haven Department of Public Safety; and the West Michigan Enforcement Team.


Tri-cities realist

They must post mugshots in prisons. I'm guessing that is why the thugs all look so bada$$ in their mugshots. Gotta gain respect even before they get to the slammer.


Just another incident where a gun let itself be used for evil...ban the legal purchase and use of firearms and that will end crime as we know it.


If you're going to use sarcasm to that extreme degree you need to use the Lanivan approved emoticon for sarcasm = :-S

If you're serious however......disregard the above suggestion. :-S


He had to wear a tank top shirt so everyone could see his ugly tattoos. People with tattoos don't wear enough clothing, even in cold weather. I guess they need to show everyone that they have enough money to afford them. When I see them I don't think that this person is fortunate. I think that this person has trouble making good decisions.


I know I'll sound like a old fart, but what on god's green earth possesses someone to write all over their body like that? And that's really a rhetorical question because if you write all over yourself like that it's a clear indicator to me that you have issues that I really don't want to hear about.

Plus that guy in the tank top.....his eyes are too close together. My grandma always said to watch out for those people with their eyes too close together...they just don't see things right. On his chest there it says...."The end justifies the means". Indeed, enjoy your incarceration dirtbag :-S


Why doesn't anyone ever get caught stealing guns at Felix's every other year?


Because no one is stealing them....


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