Marquette County burglary has Escanaba connection

ESCANABA — A person of interest in a Marquette County burglary is being held in the Delta County Jail on stolen vehicle charges in Delta County, according to the Marquette County Sheriff’s Department. Police are seeking the public’s help in the case.

Escanaba Public Safety officers arrested the man Friday in Escanaba on a charge of unlawfully driving away a motor vehicle. It is part of an ongoing investigation involving the Marquette County Sheriff’s Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation Escanaba Public Safety Department and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

The man is believed to have stolen a pickup in Escanaba and driven to LaPalmes Country Corner in Marquette County’s Wells Township to commit a break-in overnight Sunday. The store also serves as a U.S. Post Office branch. The stolen property from the store was loaded into the pickup.

The pickup later crashed on the Little West Road and overturned into the Little West Branch of the Escanaba River. The abandoned pickup was later discovered by a logger on Monday about 3 p.m. upside down in the river. A sheriff’s office dive team recovered numerous personal items belonging to the man who has since been arrested, along with stolen property from the store.

Coincidentally, a pickup was also stolen from the parking lot of the Blackrocks Brewery in Marquette about 2:48 p.m. Monday, July 2. That vehicle was later recovered in Escanaba.

If it is the same suspect, it is unknown how he got from southern Marquette County to the City of Marquette, sheriff’s department officials said.

The department is asking for the public’s help to determine if anyone assisted the man. The man who stole the pickup in Marquette is a white male and wore a light colored, possibly white short-sleeved short, medium toned colored pants (possibly green) and a similar colored baseball hat. He also had a yellow backpack. He was seen walking on the north sidewalk of Marquette’s Washington Street prior to the pickup theft.

Anyone with information on any of these incidents is asked to contact the Marquette County Sheriff’s Department at 906-225-8470 or email llarson@mqtco.org.

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