More Stony Lake cottages burglarized.

January 28, 2019

More Stony Lake cottages burglarized.


By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

CLAYBANKS TOWNSHIP – After investigating three cottage break-ins that occurred in the 8200 block of South Scenic Drive in Stony Lake last Wednesday, Jan. 23, the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 8300 block of South Scenic Drive Friday night, Jan. 25, to investigate four additional cottage break-ins, said Oceana County Sheriff Craig Mast.

It appears the most recent string of cottage break-ins is related to the first batch of burglaries, Mast said. “They all suffered forced entry,” said Mast.

As deputies were investigating a cottage break-in Friday night, they discovered three more cottages had been invaded. So far, police have only been able to make contact with one of the property owners in the most recent break-in spree, Mast said. The property owner has confirmed that a TV was stolen. Until they can make contact with the other property owners, investigators are unsure of what other items have been stolen.

“The heavy snow in the area has made the investigation difficult,” Mast said.

“The age of break-ins is consistent with the other ones,” he said. “It’s likely the same incident as the others.”

In the earlier incident, Central Dispatch received an alarm call from one of the cottages at 4 a.m. Wednesday. When deputies responded to the scene, they determined that it had been broken into and found that two other cottages had also been invaded.

“The doors had been forced by overcoming the locks,” he said. Contact was made with the cottage owners to determine if anything had been stolen, but it is unknown if anything is missing.

If anyone has any information about the break-ins, they are asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 231-873-2121.

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