Runaway burglar sentenced

A Muskegon man who burglarized a Grand Haven Township business, and then led police on a snowy foot chase near the Grand Haven 9 movie theater, will serve 2-10 years in prison.
Becky Vargo
May 2, 2014

Michael Harold Wilson, 41, was also ordered to pay $2,000 in restitution and $266 in fines and costs when he was sentenced recently in Ottawa County Circuit Court.

Deputies responding to an alarm on the night of Dec. 22, 2013, witnessed a man inside Downtown Auto Services, which sits back off the road at 13782 172nd Ave. Before back-up officers could arrive, the man slipped out the back door.

Police dogs followed the man’s tracks through the snow for about a mile before cornering him behind large bushes in front of a factory building on the southeast corner of Hayes Street and 172nd Avenue, across the street from the Grand Haven 9. He was not armed and was apprehended without incident, police said.

Wilson was charged with breaking and entering a building with intent, and possession of burglary tools.

Ottawa County records show Wilson also had a breaking-and-entering conviction in 2005 for an incident in Spring Lake Township. He received a sentence of 2-10 years in prison and ordered to pay $600 in restitution for it.

Downtown Auto Services owner Jerry Schultz said the December incident was not the first break-in at his business. He does have video surveillance in place and said he planned to add more lighting to the building’s exterior.


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