Thursday, March 27, 2014

Man who police say stole couch returned for matching cushions and rug

A man from Grand Rapids, Michigan, who police say stole a couch, returned days later to grab matching cushions and a rug to tie the room together.

Michael Deon McClerin is not facing theft charges at this time; he was arrested by Grand Rapids Police for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Police believe it was 41-year-old McClerin who broke into the Gorman’s Home Furnishings store on March 3 and left with a leather couch worth more than $6,500.

Police say he returned six days later to pick up the cushions and a rug. McClerin was arrested at a girlfriend’s house in Grand Rapids on Thursday and police say they discovered a receipt for a storage unit that held other stolen items from Gorman’s. The couch and rug have yet to be recovered.

Lt. Patrick Merrill said McClerin was not a typical “smash and grab” burglar taking whatever he could get his hands on, but more of a specialist. Police say McClerin “took orders” for specific types of items and then specifically stole those pieces. McClerin remains in the Kent County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

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