Several charged for stealing catalytic converter, fleeing to Manistee River – Manistee News Advocate

February 3, 2022 by No Comments

WEXFORD COUNTY — Several people are facing charges after being tracked by a Michigan State Police K-9 unit along the Manistee River on Tuesday. 

According to a news release Thursday morning from the state police, a Cadillac post trooper was called to an ongoing theft of a catalytic converter around 12:57 p.m. on Tuesday in Wexford County.

“A resident on North Seven Road in Springdale Township saw people in his driveway stealing the catalytic converter from his Jeep,” reads part of the release. “The victim called 911 and as the trooper was responding, the suspects left in a tan Chrysler minivan. The trooper was familiar with the area and calculated the route they would take.”

According to a news Thursday morning state police release, a Cadillac post trooper was called to an ongoing theft of a catalytic converter around 12:57 p.m. on Tuesday.

Photo provided/Michigan State Police

The trooper then conducted a traffic stop at the corner of North Seven Road and M-115. The trooper recognized several of the van’s occupants. 

The driver is listed as a 43-year-old Thompsonville woman who had not yet been charged as of Thursday morning. 

The trooper reported seeing a freshly cut catalytic converter on the passenger floorboard of the van and tools used to remove the converter. 

“The trooper immediately informed the occupants they were under arrest and took one person into custody. While the trooper was securing the first prisoner, 49-year-old Willie Jarvis Storie, from Mesick, two of the suspects fled carrying bags,” reads part of the release. 

The release said the trooper then ordered them to stop, but they continued to run. 

More troopers responded to the area to set up a perimeter and a state police K-9 team was called. The K-9 team then tracked the group through the snowy terrain and across the Manistee River. 

Jonathan Patrick Gustafson, 31, of Interlochen, and Janessa Anne Robinson, 34, of Kalkaska County, were found hiding in a camper trailer and then taken into custody. 

The news release also states that the group had attempted to hide evidence by throwing it into the Manistee River as they were running.

“The MSP Marine Services Team will be on scene (Thursday) to search for the evidence,” reads the release. 

The evidence in the van was seized. 

Each of the three were lodged at the Wexford County Jail with several having outstanding warrants. 

“A search warrant was conducted at Storie’s residence where several more items were seized. A search warrant was also conducted at a storage unit rented by Storie on North Nine Road,” the release states. 

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