The Michigan State Police·Wayland Post in conjunction with the Barry Township Police Department, Barry County Sheriff's Department and the Allegan County Sheriffs department have been investigating multiple storage unit burglaries that have occurred over the last several months.
On April 19th, 2020, two suspects were caught in the act of breaking into storage units near Lake Doster in Allegan County. The suspects were not arrested at that time due to restrictions on intake at county jails related to COVID·19.
On May 15th the same two suspects were again contacted after committing another burglary at a Hastings Storage Unit. In total, the suspects are believed to be responsible for multiple burglaries of storage units in Barry, Allegan and Calhoun Counties.
The Barry County Prosecutor's Office authorized charges for Criminal Enterprise and Conspiracy against 36 year old Terri Lorene Vantuinen and 18 year old Eric James Morgan, both of Barry County. The two are currently being held at the Barry County Jail.
Troopers from the Michigan State Police conducted a search warrant at the suspects residence and recovered several thousand dollars of suspected stolen property including, guns, ammunition, jewelry, furniture, electronics, tools and sporting equipment. The property is still in the process of being catalogued at this time.
Any citizen who discovers that their storage unit has been burglarized
can contact the MSP Wayland Post @ (269) 792·2213 to determine if their stolen property has been recovered. Due to the stay at home order, it is very likely that property has been recovered from storage unit burglaries not yet discovered or reported. Citizens are asked to contact their local police department and make a report if they discover a burglary at their rented storage units. We also ask
that, in the event you discover a lock on your unit that is not yours, contact the police before gaining access to your unit. Victims who have already filed a police report will be contacted to identify property once it has been properly processed.
Victims have been identified at:
1. Mid Lakes Mini Storage - Delton (Barry)
2. Gun Lake Discount Storage - Wayland (Allegan)
3. Wayland South Self Storage - Wayland (Allegan)
4. Hastings Storage - Hastings (Barry)
5. Clear Lake Storage - Dowling (Barry)
6. Riverfront Storage and Sons - Hastings (Barry)
7. M&M Storage - Shelbyville (Allegan)
8. Lake Doster Mini Storage - Plainwell (Allegan)
9. Lakeridge Self Storage - Middleville (Barry)
10. Tires 2000 Storage units - Middleville (Barry)
11. West Point Corner Storage - Battle Creek (Calhoun)
The investigation is continuing.