Suspect in high-end furniture theft arrested

Goreman's Home Furnishings and Interior Design. (March 21, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Police may have caught up with the man who stole an expensive piece of furniture from a Grand Rapids store, and is suspected in other burglaries.

Michael Deon McClerin was arrested Friday morning at his girlfriend’s home in Grand Rapids, just before he was allegedly going to flee to Chicago.

Police linked McClerin to several area burglaries, including one at the Gorman’s furniture store on 28th Street, investigators said.

The investigators believe McClerin broke into the high-end furniture shop several weeks ago and stole a $6,800 couch and a rug. Police think he returned later to take the couch cushions.

During a search warrant of his home Thursday, investigators netted a receipt to a storage unit where police discovered more stolen property, but not the couch.

McClerin has a long criminal history. He’s been convicted of receiving and concealing stolen property five times, and has two breaking-and-entering convictions in Kent County. He was also convicted of resisting an officer in Eaton County in 2008.

McClerin is being held on a felony firearms charge at the Kent County Jail, since he’s a felon and was allegedly found with a gun. He could soon face burglary charges.

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