Man jailed in connection to 2-county crime spree

Breaking and entering, car theft charges involved

ESCANABA — A person of interest in the breaking-and-entering of the Lapalme Country Corner in Wells Township is in custody in the Delta County Jail on the charge of unlawfully driving away a motor vehicle out of the county.

The arrest took place Friday at a residence in Escanaba by officers of Escanaba Public Safety. This is part of an ongoing investigation involving Escanaba Public Safety, the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

The sheriff’s office said the subject is believed to have stolen a pickup in the city of Escanaba and drove to Lapalme Country Corner to commit the breaking-and-entering during the late evening of July 1 or early the morning of July 2. The stolen property from the store was loaded into the stolen pickup, with the pickup later crashing on Little West Road and overturning into the Little West Branch of the Escanaba River.

The abandoned pickup was discovered by a logger at about 3 p.m. July 2 upside down in the river. The sheriff’s office dive team recovered numerous identifiable personal items of the suspect who was arrested, along with property stolen from Lapalme Country Corner.

Coincidentally, at 2:48 p.m. July 2, a pickup was stolen from the parking lot of Blackrocks Brewery in the city of Marquette and later recovered in the city of Escanaba, according to the sheriff’s office. It is suspected that the same male subject also stole this vehicle to return to Escanaba. If it is the same subject, it is unknown how he traveled from southern Marquette County to Marquette.

The sheriff’s office is asking for the public�s help to see if someone had seen or assisted the subject attempting to get from southern Marquette County to Marquette during the morning or early afternoon of July 2.

The subject who stole the pickup out of Marquette is a white male and was wearing a light-colored, possibly white short-sleeved shirt, medium-toned pants that possibly were light green and a similarly colored baseball hat. He also wore a yellow backpack.

Before stealing the pickup in Marquette, the subject was walking westbound on the north sidewalk along Washington Street.

Anyone with information on these incidents is asked to contact the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office at 906-225-8470 or email llarson@mqtco.org.

The investigations are ongoing and evidence is being processed by the Michigan State Police Forensic Labs.