TRAVERSE CITY — Authorities arrested four people during a residential burglary investigation that netted thieves more than $10,000 in valuables.
The break-in on Curtis Road was reported to the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Department on May 7. Authorities said someone broke into the residence while the homeowners were away and stole guns, a coin and stamp collection, an expensive belt buckle collection and antique guitars. A thief or thieves also stole jewlery and a jerseys from a Detroit Red Wings hockey memorabilia collection.
Grand Traverse sheriff’s Capt. Randy Fewless said a lead in the case led investigators to another Curtis Road residence in Blair Township on Saturday. A 19-year-old Traverse City man was arrested at the scene on a breaking and entering charge connected to the burglary.
Three others also were arrested. A 26-year-old man was arrested on a possession of marijuana charge. Two men, ages 24 and 27, were arrested on outstanding warrants. A female juvenile runaway from Traverse City was also found in the residence.
Fewless said stolen firearms are still missing, including a .22 Ruger pistol. Fewless said investigators relied on a law enforcement emergency response team to help execute search warrants because authorities previously responded to the house containing the suspects on several felonious assaults. He said an emergency response team was called upon because of that prior history and the fact guns were stolen.
“We used the ERT due to the fact we’ve been to the residence on numerous occasions,” he said.
The suspects were not immediately identified pending arraignment. Sheriff’s Lt. Chris Clark said an investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information on the crime is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at 231-995-4550 during normal business hours. Tipsters can call dispatch at 922-4550 or Silent Observer at 947-TIPS after hours.