News Release

Stolen Vehicle and Possesion of Methamphetamine 2/4/19 669-19


Possession Of Stolen Vehicle

Possession of Methamphetamine

Driving While License Suspended

Multiple Warrant Arrest


02/04/2019 0055 hrs


855 S Kalamazoo st Paw Paw MI



Suspect #1:

Jimmy Joe Stacey 08/06/1979

Suspect #2:

Austin David McMullen 08/23/1989


1996 F150 Red and White in color stolen 01/17/2019


Sheriff Daniel E. Abbott reports that on February 4, 2019 at Approximately 00:55 hrs, Van Buren County Deputies located a stolen vehicle while responding to a report of a suspicious situation at the Speedway gas station In Paw Paw. When Deputies arrived on scene they noticed 2 male subjects sitting inside a 1996 F150. Deputies checked the license plate which showed that the truck was stolen out of Cass County in January. As a result of the investigation, the driver Jimmy Stacey was arrested for possessing the stolen vehicle as well as possession of methamphetamine, driving on a suspended operator’s license and two outstanding warrants for his arrest. The passenger Austin McMullen was also arrested for multiple outstanding warrants, one of which was for being a parole absconder. The stolen vehicle was towed from the scene and turned over to Cass County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigating Deputies:

Deputy Eric Calhoun

Deputy Larry Weers

Supervisor Contact:

Operations Lt. Jim Charon 269-657-2006

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.

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Jim Charon