A 47-year-old Grand Haven woman is charged with breaking and entering, and possession of burglary tools, in connection with the case.
Kimberly Lynn Cooper, 1700 Robbins Road, demanded a preliminary exam when she was arraigned Tuesday afternoon in 58th District Court. She faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of the breaking-and-entering charge.
Judge Craig Bunce assigned Philip Sielski to be Cooper’s attorney and set a preliminary conference for April 22. Bond was set at $7,500/10 percent and Cooper remained lodged in jail.
Police responded to M&M U Stor & Lock, 16844 Robbins Road, shortly after 4 p.m. Monday when a renter reported his storage unit had been entered and a stuffed monkey with a threatening note was hanging by a noose inside. Attached to the monkey was a note that read “This is you!!!”
Deputies returned to the Grand Haven Township storage facility for further investigation at about 5:30 p.m. Monday and caught Cooper inside the unit, said Capt. Mark Bennett of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department. Bennett said items from the storage unit, including a wheelchair, were found inside her vehicle.
The unit had been broken into several months ago, Bennett said.
On Sunday, the man renting the unit returned and found the lock broken and more items missing, so he left a note that said, “Stay out of here. This is not your stuff.”
The man returned to the storage unit Monday and found the monkey, which was a response to the note, Bennett said.
The detective said break-ins had occurred on occasion at other storage units, but police do not believe Cooper was involved in those.