NELSON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A Cedar Springs-area couple has been arrested for allegedly breaking into at least 15 storage units.
The pair, both 30, was arrested Tuesday. Their names were not released by the Kent County Sheriff’s Department pending arraignment, but News 8 has learned they are Edward and Ashley Trout.
Criminal charges filed by Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker include conducting a criminal enterprise, breaking and entering a building with intent, possession of a stolen financial transaction device (credit card), larceny of a firearm and safe breaking.
The sheriff’s office says detectives searched the Trout’s home on Oak Lane off of Pine Lake Road south of 17 Mile Road in Nelson Township on Tuesday. There, investigators say they found 40 guns and what was described as thousands of dollars’ worth of stolen property.
Detectives have been looking into the break-ins at Kent County storage units since the burglaries started in August.
The sheriff’s department says it’s working to return stolen property to owners and identify additional victims.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Kent County Sheriff’s Department at 616.632.6125 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.
In June, Edward Trout was charged with several misdemeanors for poaching. He apparently told Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers that he relieved stress by driving around at night and firing his gun from his pickup truck. The DNR accused him of poaching as many as 13 deer in northern Kent County as well as several snapping turtles. Court records show Edward Trout pleaded guilty to misdemeanor hunting without a license on Sept. 30.
— Target 8 investigator Susan Samples contributed to this report.
— Correction: A previous version of this story misstated the day the couple was arrested. We regret the error, which has been fixed.