The Calhoun County Sheriff's Office on Thursday with assistance from Hastings State Police Troopers, the Battle Creek Police Department and Emmitt Township Police through a search warrant recovered a number of stolen items. During two previous search warrants at the same residence police took methamphetamine, prescription pills, marijuana, stolen property and recovered two stolen vehicles. The home was condemned and a child was placed into a temporary foster care home.
One suspect is currently in jail and was arraigned for eight felony charges. Warrants for eight other suspects have been submitted for review for those who were part of this criminal enterprise.
New information has been obtained that led officers to the discovery of a stolen tombstone that belonged to a deceased child who had been laid to rest in Barry County in 1988. The tombstone was buried in the backyard of the residence but had been desecreated by the suspects.
From additional information, four more suspects have been identified for crimes that involve theft, counterfeiting and illegal drug activity.