Stolen truck, motorcycle destroyed in Ionia Twp. arson

Ionia County deputies investigate arson

IONIA TOWNSHIP, MICH. - Investigators in Ionia are looking into an arson that destroyed a stolen motorcycle and pick-up truck.

According to the Ionia County Sheriff's Office, on Oct. 21 deputies were sent to a barn fire in the 4000 block of Smokey Row in Ionia Township. 

The initial called indicated the small barn was found completely burnt and destroyed, and that a vehicle was found to have burned up inside. Authorities investigated more and found there were actually two vehicles insides, a pickup truck and a motorcycle -- both were destroyed in the fire. 

The pickup truck was stolen out of Eaton County and the motorcycle was stole out of Ionia. 

According to ICSO, the property owners were determined to "have no connection or knowledge" that the vehicles were in the barn, which sits in a relatively secluded area. 

Deputies found evidence at the barn that lead to the likelihood that the fire was set intentionally. 

Anyone with information that might further this investigation is asked to contact Detective Jon Ruswinckel at 616-527-8259.

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