News Release

Recieving and Concealing Stolen Property greater than $20,000

Nature of Incident:

Receiving and Concealing Stolen Property Greater than $20,000

Incident #: 4389-17

 Date & Time: Friday, August 5, 2017 approximately 1:00pm

 Location: 82367 42nd St, Decatur, MI 49045

Suspect #1   39-year-old male from South Bend Indiana

Suspect #240-year-old female from Elkhart Indiana


Both suspects were arrested for Receiving and Concealing Stolen Property Greater than $20,000.  Other Charges are likely to follow from Law Enforcement in Indiana and Michigan pending further investigation.


Sheriff Daniel Abbott reports that Deputies with the Uniform Response Division were on routine patrol in Decatur Township when they noticed a travel trailer parked next to the train tracks just outside of Decatur Village.  Deputies after a short time were able to find access to the property through the Amtrak right of way.  After arriving Deputies located multiple items on the property including several zero turn lawn mowers, a golf cart, a side by side off road ATV, a small farm tractor and mower deck, the 32-foot travel trailer and multiple steel and aluminum hauling trailers.  Deputies were not able to locate any people in the area, so they checked several VIN numbers and found that the Travel trailer was stolen out of Indiana.  With that Deputies checked the VIN and serial numbers of the other items and found that those items were also stolen out of Indiana.  Deputies contacted Michigan State Police S.C.A.R Unit and a search warrant was drafted.  During the execution of the search warrant the above listed suspects arrived at the scene hauling trailer with another zero-turn lawn mower that was confirmed stolen out of Goshen, Indiana.  All the items were confiscated for processing and further investigation.  With the help from Middlebury and Goshen Indiana Police Departments, Deputies were able to determine that the larger items had been stolen from businesses in their respective cities.  Most of the items are brand new and have values of over $10,000 each.  Once the investigation is completed the stolen property will be returned to the owners.  This incident remains under investigation and will be updated accordingly.  Both Suspects were lodged at the Van Buren County Jail without incident.  Sheriff Abbott asks that anyone who may have information relating to this case please contact the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office, Crime Stoppers, or your Local Police Department.    

Investigating Deputies:

Deputy Daniel Perkins

Deputy Ryan Mcfanin

Sergeant Greg Pentland

Assisting Agencies

Decatur Police Department

MSP Southwest Commercial Auto Recovery (SCAR)

Middlebury Police Department (Indiana)

Goshen Police Department (Indiana)  

Supervisor Contact: 

Lt. Jim Charon or the On-Duty Shift Supervisor: 269-657-3101

 Anyone with information can contact the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office at (269) 657-3101, Crime Stoppers 1-800-342-7867, Silent Observer (269) 343-2100 or your local Police Department.

 Mobile phone users and online users can provide anonymous crime tips to the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office by sending a text Tip Soft message by sending a text message to “CRIMES” (274637) with the keyword VBCTIP from a mobile phone.  To submit an online tip, go to and at the top of the homepage follow the directions to submit a tip.

Jim Charon