COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Kent County Sheriff's Department is investigating several thefts from a storage facility in Comstock Park. Just one of the items taken was a puck from a former Grand Rapids Griffins player who's since been called up by the Red Wings.
According to deputies, several storage units were illegally auctioned off by employees at Evergreen Storage on Alpine Avenue on October 3, 2012.
One man, who attended the event, says there were several units purchased that day. "It was an auction, I found it online. There were 200 people at this thing," says Norman Hutchins.
Hutchins, who owns Northern Treasures in Baldwin, got two lockers for about $3,000. One had office furniture, the other household items. "So, I purchased them, had our employees there, picked out what we wanted, and threw the rest of it away."
Hutchins has since gone to several auctions at other locations. It wasn't until a few weeks ago that he got a call from the Kent County Sheriff's Department. "They told me the lockers I bought were reported stolen. I said, really?"
Hutchins recovered some of the items and they were returned to their owners. "I would have never dreamed I was buying stolen property."
Investigators believe former employees at Evergreen Storage, illegally entered the lockers and stole items for themselves. They also held unauthorized auctions. One of the items stolen was a puck from former Griffins player Gustav Nyquist. The puck was from his first goal when he was called up by the Red Wings.
"I feel bad the people that lost stuff, cause there were several lockers sold that day," says Hutchins. He doesn't believe the items from his storage units had much monetary value, but he does remember seeing family pictures. Hutchins says he feels bad about getting rid of them and from now on, he plans to take pictures of the items that he buys and sells.
Hutchins is working with the owner of the storage facility to get his money back. The company also says it has fired the employees in question.
Anyone who has a unit at Evergreen Storage is advised to check to make sure their items are there. If not, they should call the Kent County Sheriffs Department at (616) 632-6125. So far, no arrests have been made and the investigation continues.