Mesick Man Arrested For Attempted Larceny in Wexford County

Michigan State Police say a Mesick man has been arrested for attempted larceny in Wexford County.

Troopers say a trooper from the MSP Cadillac Post was called to a laundromat on West 16 Road in Mesick on the afternoon of Sept. 7 for a report of an attempted larceny.

The owner says he was in his office when he heard a noise inside the laundromat. He went out to investigate and saw a man toss a black bag on a table and leave the laundromat with a woman. The bag contained approximately $84 in quarters.

When the trooper arrived, he and the owner reviewed surveillance footage.

The footage showed a man and woman doing their laundry while hanging around the coin machine. The man and woman had left the laundromat with their laundry, but returned later. According to troopers, the man went to the coin machine while the woman stood near the door.

Troopers say both the man and the woman changed their clothes before returning to the laundromat. They say the man was seen tampering with the door of the coin machine and gaining access to the coins. He then put the coins in the black bag, and threw the bag on the table when the owner entered the room.

The next day, the owner of the laundromat saw the same couple near a local business and chased after them. Troopers were nearby and ordered the couple to stop. Troopers say the couple complied and were interviewed about the incident at the laundromat.

Troopers say the man was identified as Jonathan Gustafson, 31, of Mesick. The woman was identified as a 38-year-old from Mesick. A report was turned over to the Prosecutor’s Office for review.

Troopers say an arrest warrant was authorized for Gustafson on Oct. 15. He was later arrested and lodged in Grand Traverse County Jail before being transferred to Wexford County Jail.

Gustafson was arraigned in the 84th District Court in Wexford County for one count attempted larceny from a building. He is expected back in court on Nov. 2.