DALTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) - Two men are in jail and facing federal charges for allegedly selling stolen guns to drug dealers.
It stems from a break-in at a gun shop in Muskegon County on July 13.
A federal complaint was handed down in the case Wednesday.
Joseph Sweet Jr. and Ronald Cook are in the custody of the U.S. Marshal Department, awaiting arraignment.
Fifteen of the 24 stolen guns are still unaccounted for, according to federal documents obtained by 24 Hour News 8.
Sweet and Cook allegedly burglarized Grasmeyer Brothers LLC Gun & Supply Shop, 4786 Holton Road in Dalton Township, northeast of Muskegon. The two men were seen on the business' surveillance cameras, arriving in a Ford Escort. They swapped some of the guns for heroin and cash to drug dealers, and buried the rest underground, authorities said.
Sweet was arrested July 14 for failing to pay child support. He was driving a Ford Escort, which matched the vehicle in the surveillance video.
But the car was freshly painted, authorities said. Police talked to Sweet's sister who said Sweet told her he just spray-painted his car to make it go faster.
During their investigation, police found a rifle magazine presumably stolen from the gun shop, a blue ski mask similar to one worn by one of the suspects during the break-in, and a page from a telephone book with the shop's listing.
On July 18, Cook was arrested during a foot chase with the officers. He later showed investigators where he buried four of the stolen rifles and a number of empty handgun boxes. Cook admitted to getting rid of the rest of the guns by giving them to various drug dealers.
24 Hour News 8 has discovered Sweet and Cook have felony convictions, including breaking-and-entering.
A driver escaped safely after its vehicle crashed into the Grand River in Ottawa County Friday morning.
We get a brief break from the "lake-effect machine" Friday.
A few flurries occurred Thursday night. Lows held in the teens and the wind relaxed to the 5 to 10 mph range, with 20s at the Lake Michigan.