Authorities questioning suspects in firearm theft from Shooters gun range
The Grand Traverse County Sheriff's office continues to investigate the Shooter's gun range breaking and entering that took place on Friday morning.
Trevor Manning and Brand Miller, of Traverse City, have been arrested for the gun range breaking and entering that took place Friday morning.
According to the Grand Traverse County Sheriff's office, the office received a tip that a vehicle hit a car in the Meijer parking lot in Traverse City Friday morning. The driver then took off. The sheriff's office says that two men where in the car, ages 20 and 21.
The tips and description of the car did match the car that was seen driving near Francisco's Market early that same morning, where a 911 call was placed to report suspicious behavior. According to Captain Fewless, the two suspects involved in the Shooters break-ins have admitted to also being responsible for the damage to the Francisco's store.
Captain Fewless also says that the suspects told detectives that it was not their intent to break in and steal anything at Francisco's but only to create a diversion. Fewless also says that a rock was thrown to break the window in the door of the store.
The 21-year-old, of Traverse City, is also considered to be a suspect in a second firearm theft involving two guns from a home in Green Lake Township on July 8th.
The 20-year-old man, of Traverse City, had a connection with a home in Genesee County. The Grand Traverse County Sheriff's office then contacted the Genesee County Sheriff's office about this possible connection and asked the deputies to check out the home.
When the Genesee County deputy drove past the home, the suspected car was in the driveway.
The deputies then saw two men with rifles and guns in the garage and called for backup.
Deputies found five rifles and three handguns in the garage, which where the ones missing from the Shooters in Grand Traverse County. The two men were arrested on receiving and concealing stolen property and are in the Genesee County Jail.
Detective Ritter, of Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Office, is in Genesee County on Monday questioning the two men suspected in the robberies.
The Grand Traverse County Prosecutor, Bob Cooney, will look over this information and determine the plan of action to get the two men back to Grand Traverse County based on his choice of an arrest warrant or a request of a breaking and entering charge for Shooter's.
At this point, detectives are not linking the attempted break-ins at Menards or Verizon. Detectives are still investigating those attempts as a separate issue.