Authorities uncover cache of stolen items, possible poaching near Lake Isabella

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LAKE ISABELLA (WJRT) (11/16/2017) - Police believe they uncovered a stash of items stolen from homes and cabins around Lake Isabella, along with evidence of possible poaching.

Michigan State Police troopers from the Mount Pleasant Post, Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers and the Bay Area Narcotics Team executed a search warrant at a home on Carmen Drive near Lake Isabella, according to a press release issued Thursday.

Inside, authorities found a number of items that homeowners had described in earlier theft and break-in reports from the area. A vehicle at the Carmen Drive residence also matched the description of one possibly spotted in the area when some thefts occurred.

The search warrant was issued after a conservation officer talked with a 23-year-old man on Monday who lives at the address. The conservation officer arrested the suspect, who was not identified.

The suspect is facing several felony charges, including breaking and entering with intent, larceny in a building, lying to a police officer and receiving and concealing stolen property. An arraignment date had not been scheduled Thursday, but the suspect remained in custody at the Isabella County Jail.

An investigation was continuing Thursday into the poaching allegations and other possible conservation violations.

Anyone in the area of Lake Isabella who believes their items had been stolen are asked to call the Michigan State Police Mount Pleasant Post at 989-773-5951.

Police encouraged property owners in the Lake Isabella area to install video surveillance systems around their homes or cabins as an additional security measure.

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