Accomplice charged in connection to safe breaking scheme.

March 1, 2019


Accomplice charged in connection to safe breaking scheme.


By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

HART – A 33-year-old Fremont man has been charged with three felonies in connection to a crime spree with his girlfriend that involved the alleged theft of a safe containing a large amount of cash, said Lt. Shane Hasty of the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office.

Jon-Erik Cook, of 1790 S. Baldwin Ave., faces felony charges of safe breaking, receiving and concealing weapons and felony firearm.

Cook and 25-year-old Carissa Leann Hale are accused of stealing


the safe and two handguns from her mother’s home – where Hale was living – on McKinley Road in Greenwood Township.

Cook co-conspired with Hale, Hasty said.

Hale is charged with safe breaking, larceny of firearms, larceny in a building and felony firearm.

Safe breaking is punishable by up to life in prison.

“Deputies responded to a residence, Jan. 6, in the southeast corner of the county where several items had been stolen,” said Oceana County Sheriff Craig Mast.

“Our detectives did a lot of follow-up with assistance from the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office,” said Mast. “They found a safe in the Fremont area that had been broken into. They spoke with witnesses who were aware of the handguns.” The handguns, which have not been recovered, were likely sold for drug money, he said.

Some of the stolen cash was used to bail several people out of the Newaygo County Jail, the sheriff said.

A preliminary exam in 78th District Court is set for March 18 at 3 p.m.

Cook was lodged in the Oceana County Jail on a $75,000 cash bond.

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