Man who drove through store previously crashed into Coast Guard station

Lakeshore store crash charges

HART, MICH. - A 35-year-old man, with a history of crashing his pickup truck, has been arrested for driving through the front of a Lakeshore department store Wednesday afternoon. 

The truck drove through the front, main entrance of the ShopKo store in Hart. 

The 35-year-old Mears man was arrested and taken to the Oceana County Jail for malicious destruction of a building.

WZZM has learned the license plate number on the truck involved in Wednesday’s crash is registered to an address where in February of 2015 Matthew Krueger set his parent’s home on fire. Through jail records we have also confirmed there is currently a Matthew Krueger being held in the Oceana County Jail.  

Krueger was previously charged with making a bomb threat and crashing his pickup truck through the gate at the U.S. Coast Guard station in Grand Haven in February 2015. That incident happened the same night Krueger set fire to his parents home in Oceana County. 

After multiple hearings  and a psychological exam, Krueger was sentenced to a mental health facility for treatment. 

The Hart Police Department confirms there were no injuries after Krueger crashed into ShopKo, although there is considerable damage to the store.

The store was temporarily closed after the crash. 

Police say a report will be sent to the Oceana County Prosecutor's Office for review, with possible further criminal prosecution for Wednesday's incident. 

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April Stevens is a multi-platform producer at WZZM 13. Have a news tip? Email news@wzzm13.com, visit our Facebook page or Twitter.

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