Suspects charged after Cedar Springs military memorial vandalized

Police say the men were involved in several acts of vandalism in the Cedar Springs area.

CEDAR SPRINGS, MICH. - Bond has been set for three men accused of a number of vandalism cases in the Cedar Springs area.

Police say the men were involved in stealing a helmet and rifle from the memorial to a local fallen solider, they are also accused of breaking into the Skinner Field Concessions.

Judge Sara Smolenski for the 63rd District described this case as disturbing, which was why she says she set the bond so high.

"The bond I've chosen to set on all three of you is $50,000 cash surety," Smolenski said. 

David Edgar Sommerville, Justin Lynn Rossman, and Austin Lee Coleman have all been charged with breaking and entering a building with intent, in the case involving Skinner Field Concessions, but just Sommerville and Rossman were charged with the war memorial crime.
 
"Mr. Justin Rossman you're charged in receiving and concealing property over $1,000 but under $20,000 and that's the exact same charge you're receiving against you Mr. David Sommerville," Smolenski said.  
 
In an Affidavit of Probable Cause investigators say they found the bronze rifle and helmet while serving the search warrant in reference to another case. The homeowner, admitted to knowing the rifle was stored in his shed and told Rossman to get it out of there. When police interviewed Rossman, he told them Sommerville stole the rifle and helmet.
 
Witnesses stated that Rossman took a photo of Sommerville holding the stolen items, but since then, that photo has been deleted. 
 
"They're talking about a war memorial on Cedar, with a young man who gave his life," Smolenski said. "We're talking about an emotional and difficult and disturbing case."
 
Judge Smolenski did mention there may be another charge or other co-defendants in the future.
 
 
The three men are due back in court next month. 
 

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