Arrests made after stolen memorial items recovered

3 arrested for cedar springs monument theft

CEDAR SPRINGS, MICH. - Three men from Cedar Springs have been arrested after several valuable items from a veteran's memorial were stolen. 

The items removed include a replica rifle, helmet and dog-tags.  Their total value is about $10,000, which was raised by the community. 

The statue honors Tim Brown, who died during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and fellow combat men and women.

Kent County Sheriff Department wrote on it's Facebook page:  "We are proud of the work of our investigators as they worked tirelessly to bring SPC Brown's Monument back into safe hands."

"Tim Brown graduated from Cedar Springs, he was killed in Iraq in 2005. The community came together and raised money. This was spearheaded by family, so it's a real shame to have items like this stolen", says Sgt. Jason Kelley with the KCSD. 

Kent County Sheriff's Department says the three men are also responsible for a breaking and entering at Skinner Filed and car larcenies. 

The department says several tips, many made through social media, led to the arrests. Deputies were led to the 100 block of Muskegon St. in Cedar Springs where the stolen monument was recovered along with other items .

Deputies say  a 17 year  old,  and a 20- year-old man were arrested.   A 27-year-old man was also later  arrested for his involvement. 

(© 2016 WZZM)


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