By John Raffel
MCBAIN – A 23-year-old Williamsburg man was arraigned on Friday at Missaukee County 84th District Court for one count each on home invasion, breaking and entering of a building with intent, possession of firearms by a felon, possession of ammunition by a felon operating with no insurance and habitual offender fourth degree.
The suspect is Anthony John Couch.
His bond was set at $100,000 cash surety. His next scheduled court appearance was set for 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 27.
The incident occurred on Jan. 23. The Michigan State police reports a trooper observed a vehicle travelling south of S. Turnville Road in Reeder Township. The road the vehicle was coming from was a dead end. The trooper was familiar with the area and residents and noted there is a single cabin and pole barn down the road the vehicle was leaving from. The trooper observed two occupants in the vehicle with a man driving. He man quickly turned into a farm located on W. Kelly Road. The trooper spotted the registration plate and noted it was expired. He knew the vehicle was not associated with the farm owners.
The trooper turned around to follow the car but temporarily lost sight of it. He observed the man walking out of a pole barn and the man took off running behind the barn.
An MSP K9 team was summoned and tracked the driver three miles through fields, woods and swamp and he was arrested.
The investigation revealed he had just broken into the cabin at the dead end road and stole several items including a handgun and rifle. Other items were believe to have been stolen.