Authorities: Theft, domestic assault may be linked

Authorities found a gun apparently used in a domestic assault near Belding. (Courtesy the Ionia County Sheriff's Office - Feb. 25, 2016)

OTISCO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The Ionia County Sheriff’s Office is looking into whether a break-in and reported domestic assault near Belding are connected.

The burglary in the 9000 block of Fish Road in Otisco Township was reported around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Authorities say that several guns, antique weapons and tools were stolen while the homeowner was away.

Around 7:20 p.m., a domestic assault involving a firearm was called in from Graceland Drive, not far from where the burglary happened. Authorities say they think the stolen guns were fired before they arrived at the scene, but they weren’t fired at anyone. No one was hurt.

A 19-year-old man who allegedly threatened his step-father with a gun and then took off was arrested.

Deputies realized the 19-year-old may have been involved in the break-in. They brought in a K-9 to check out the area. The dog led deputies to a nearby wooded area, where they discovered several of the stolen guns and other reportedly stolen property.

Further investigation on Wednesday uncovered an additional hidden gun in a different location that investigators suspect was used in the domestic assault.

The suspect is being held at the Ionia County Jail. He has not yet been arraigned. A Thursday release did not indicate exactly what charges he’s expected to face.

The investigation into both incidents continues.

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