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      Taylor man arrested for retail fraud

      Deputies in Mecosta County allege Brian Panek stole a Debit/Credit card from an ATM in Big Rapids and proceeded to use the stolen card at multiple local businesses.

      Mecosta County Sheriff's deputies arrested Brian Keith Panek, 30, of Taylor, Michigan for three counts of felony larceny/fraud and a violation of probation Friday.

      The complaint alleges Panek stole a Debit/Credit card from an ATM in Big Rapids and proceeded to use the stolen card at multiple local businesses December 23 .

      Panek, was on probation at the time of the felony theft. He faces a habitual offender charge since he has been convicted of an auto theft felony, a drug possession felony, felony obstruction of police, felony check fraud, along with two separate retail fraud misdemeanors.

      Panek was arra i g n ed in the 77th District Court on the three felony counts and the probation violation and remains in custody at the Mecosta County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

      Detectives from Mecosta County Sheriff's Office were assisted by Walmart Loss Prevention and the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety Detective Division.