MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — The Muskegon County Prosecutor’s Office has filed a charge against a man suspected of stealing World War II memorabilia off a warship docked in downtown Muskegon.
Muskegon County Prosecutor DJ Hilson says 61-year-old John Anthony Zaputil should be arraigned sometime this week on a larceny charge.
Muskegon police suspect Zaputil stole more than a dozen historic items from the floating museum on Aug. 3. The USS LST 393 says the thief took hats, buttons, medals, patches and other items that were on display.
Several of the pins and patches were taken directly off Margaret Tolar’s Air Force uniform, which is on display.
A surveillance photo of the suspect the veterans museum shared on Aug. 14 helped lead to Zaputil.
The USS LST 393 says Muskegon police are confident the missing relics can be returned.
If convicted, Zaputil faces up to four years in prison.