Warrants issued for supermarket ‘hamburglars.’

May 20, 2016

OCSO cruiserBy Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

HART — The Oceana County Sheriff’s Office has issued warrants for two Grand Haven men who admitted to stealing a large amount of hamburger, bacon and bratwurst from the Cherry Hill Supermarket last October, said Lt. Craig Mast.

A 36-year-old man and a 22-year-old man, who are brothers, are both lodged in the Ottawa County Jail on breaking and entering charges, Mast said. Their arraignments in Oceana County’s 78th District Court are pending arrangements for either transport to Hart or via Polycom video conferencing.

“A large amount” of hamburger, bacon, brats, Bud Light beer and cigarettes were stolen during a breaking and entering of the Shelby grocery store, Mast said previously.

A sheriff’s deputy was performing a property check at the store, located at 424 N. State St., the morning of Oct. 17 when he found an entry door had been forced open.

While searching the store, it was discovered that an interior door to the butcher shop had been forced open.

Ottawa County law enforcement officials were recently working on a multi-jurisdictional sting of break-ins in the area, Mast said. Oceana County Sheriff’s Office Detective Shane Hasty noticed that photos of the suspects provided by Ottawa County police matched surveillance footage of the suspects involved in the Cherry Hill break-in, Mast said.

Evidence has been found that links the two suspects to the crime, and they have also confessed to stealing the meat, Mast said. They used a metal grinder to break the lock to the meat shop, he said.

The two brothers were arrested after being “caught in the act” of a breaking and entering in Ottawa County, the lieutenant said.

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