A 23-year-old Williamsburg man was arrested for home invasion and several other felony charges after Michigan State Police say he broke into a cabin in Missaukee County.
Thursday afternoon, a trooper from the Michigan State Police Houghton Lake Post observed a vehicle with two occupants driving with an expired license plate on South Turnerville Road in Reeder Township. Police say the road the vehicle was approaching was a dead end, and the trooper was familiar with the area and its residents. A single cabin and pole barn is located down the road from where the suspect’s vehicle was leaving from.
Police say the driver of the vehicle, a male suspect, saw the trooper and quickly turned into a farm on West Kelly Road.
The trooper temporarily lost sight of the vehicle as he turned around to follow it. The trooper entered the property and activated his emergency lights. A man was observed walking out of a pole barn. When he saw the trooper, he took off running behind the barn. A woman was now seated in the driver’s seat of the parked vehicle. Police say she told the trooper she was the only person in the vehicle.
An MSP K9 team was called to the scene and tracked down the driver, Anthony John Couch of Williamsburg, three miles through fields, woods and swamp. He surrendered and was placed under arrest.
According to police, an investigation revealed that Couch had broken into the cabin on the dead-end road and stole several items. Police say Couch hid a stolen handgun and rifle inside the pole barn before fleeing. During a search of the vehicle the trooper found a jewelry box, tools, a guitar, speakers, vacuum, PS4 and other items believed to be stolen.
A 33-year-old Cadillac woman was the other occupant in the vehicle. Police say she was on probation for possession of drugs.
Couch was arraigned in a Missaukee County court Friday for one count home invasion first degree, one count breaking and entering of building with Intent, one count possession of firearms by a felon, one count possession of ammunition by a felon, one count operating with no insurance and habitual offender fourth degree. His bond was set at $100,000 cash surety. His next scheduled court is set for Thursday, Jan. 27.