Man leaves baby, steals crane from Muskegon business

A Sept. 25, 2017 photo shows the scene where a man stole a crane and ran through a fence, hitting power poles in Muskegon.


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — A man is in police custody after leaving an infant at a Muskegon manufacturing plant and then stealing a crane, causing damage as he drove it across the street.

The incident happened in the area of Roberts Street and E. Barney Avenue around 6:55 a.m. Monday, according to the Muskegon Police Department.

Officers say they were called to the scene after a 32-year-old Fruitland Township man took a self-propelled crane from ESCO Company, LLC. A company employee said the suspect knocked down power lines and ran through a fence as he crossed the street to ABC Supply Co., Inc.

Police said a 2-month-old girl was discovered on ESCO property. The infant was not visibly harmed; however, investigators said she and the suspect were both taken to the hospital for medical evaluation.

Police say the suspect claimed he was the father of the baby. Children’s Protective Services is involved in the investigation.

It’s unclear what led to the incident. Investigators are not sure if the man was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Police did say the man, whose name was not released Monday, has no connection to ESCO or the company that provided the crane.

Anyone with additional information in this case is encouraged to contact the Muskegon Police Department at 231.724.6750 or Silent Observer at 231.722.7463.