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SL woman, 2 men face federal charges for gun theft

By Audra Gamble/The Holland Sentinel • Dec 20, 2018 at 8:17 PM

HOLLAND — A Spring Lake woman is among three Ottawa County residents who were charged this week with federal crimes after allegedly stealing nearly two dozen firearms from a Holland hardware store earlier this month.

Holland resident Matteo Adan Marroquin, 22, and his girlfriend, 22-year-old Lacy Lynn Zimmerman of Spring Lake, were taken to the Ottawa County Jail on Dec. 10. They were charged with stealing 22 firearms from Graafschap Hardware Store after breaking into it Dec. 7-8. They were also charged with being in possession of stolen firearms and illegal possession of firearms as felons. They were indicted on these federal charges Wednesday.

Zeeland resident Andrew Tyler Leenheer, 23, was also charged in relation to the break-in with one count of possession of a stolen firearm and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, a semiautomatic rifle. He was taken to jail Dec. 9.

Police said they believe all of the stolen guns have been recovered.

Each of the charges carry up to 10 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine.

All three of the defendants are currently being held in the county jail on unrelated outstanding warrants, but they will be taken into federal custody after they’re arraigned in Grand Rapids.

The case is being investigated by the Allegan County Sheriff’s Office, the Michigan State Police, the WEMET drug enforcement task force, and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The stolen guns included 17 shotguns, four semiautomatic rifles and one semiautomatic shotgun.

Zimmerman, who also goes by Lacy Lynn Hamm, has two previous charges from Muskegon County in 2017 for violating the Organized Retail Crime Act. She is being held in Ottawa County for delivery of less than 50 grams of cocaine from 2016. She is also listed as a probation absconder by the Michigan Department of Corrections as of Nov. 14.

Marroquin, whose listed alias is “Tater Tot,” has a previous conviction from 2017 for possession of methamphetamine. He is being held in Ottawa County for another charge of the same crime, also from 2017. He is listed as a Michigan Department of Corrections probation absconder as of Nov. 16.

Leenheer, who does not have a Michigan Department of Corrections criminal record, is being held on a 30-day sentence for a domestic violence charge from earlier this year. His expected release date from the Ottawa County Jail is Jan. 1, 2019.

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