2007-09-20 / Court News

State Police investigate larcenies of money

State Police at Houghton Lake are investigating two cases of larceny involving large amounts of hidden money.

On Sept. 18, police received a call from a 44-year-old female in Beaver Creek Township, Crawford County, who reported that a friend who had been helping her at her home had taken $5,000.

The friend, a 32-year-old female who lives nearby, confessed to taking the money, and said she wanted to give it back, but lost most of it. She told police she had become nervous about the theft and attempted to hide the money in the woods. She said that a group of youths on bicycles saw her in the woods and asked what she was doing, but she decided to leave the money there anyway.

Tpr. Jan Watson said the suspect had second thoughts about the theft and went to the hiding place to retrieve the money so she could return it, but found it missing. Watson said the woman followed bicycle tracks to a residence nearby, where she was told that the youths had asked for a ride to Roscommon and had given the resident $180 for taking them on the four-mile trip.

On Sept. 12, police were contacted about the theft of $15,000 from the home of William Myers Jr., 32, at Houghton Lake, which occurred sometime between Aug. 7 and Sept. 11.

Myers' long-time girl friend, Heather Stuhr, 36, of Harrison told police she had visited Myers in Missouri, where he has been working on a pipeline construction project since May, and brought back cash to be put in a hiding place in the home. Stuhr had been collecting mail, paying bills and taking care of Myers' home in his absence.

She said when she went to put the cash in the hiding place, she found $5,000 that had previously been placed there was gone. Myers contacted his father, William Myers Sr., 50, of Houghton Lake, to check another hiding place in the home where he had stashed $10,000, and the elder Myers found that that money too had been taken.

In a phone call from the oil fields in Missouri, William Myers Jr. said, "I know a lot of people, but I don't know anyone who would have done it (taken the money)." He said he kept large amounts of cash at his home because his business required him to make equipment purchases for which he needed cash on hand.

"Not only is it a bad hit to take, but it's a bad time of year to take it," said Myers, "It's definitely not going to help going into winter." Myers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the return of the money or the arrest and conviction of whoever took the money from his home. Anyone with information should call Myers at (989) 429-1625 or the State Police at 422-5101.

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