October 20, 2018

Alleged criminal enterprise busted, tip leads to recovery of additional stolen property


LUPTON — A 55-year-old Lupton man is facing double felony charges in connection with an alleged criminal enterprise spanning several years.

According to police, a semi load and several trailer loads of alleged stolen property were recovered from a residence on Heath Road Aug. 16 following an investigation that spanned two years and encompassed several Northern Michigan counties.

Richard Thomas Neeley was arraigned in 82nd District Court Aug. 17 on one count of the 20-year felony charge of conducting criminal enterprises between March 19, 2012, and Aug. 1, 2015. Neeley is also charged with one count of criminal enterprises — conspiracy, also a 20-year felony; one count of delivery of hydrocodone and one count of delivery of marijuana without remuneration.

According to the amended felony complaint, Neeley faces a stiffer penalty with all of the alleged crimes because he has had previous convictions.

Additional suspects are expected to be arrested in connection with the case, according to court documents.

“This is all in reference to stolen properties, breaking and entering and larceny,” Ogemaw County Sheriff’s Department Detective Dave Stahl said. “It encompasses several counties in Northern Michigan.”

These counties include Ogemaw, Crawford, Roscommon, Iosco, Alcona, Oscoda, Montmorency and Missaukee, according to a press release from the sheriff’s department.

The sheriff’s department, with the assistance of law enforcement agencies from around the region, executed the search warrant that led to the recovery of the alleged stolen property Aug. 16.

“Thefts were from storage units and residences, with tools and sporting items being the main focus,” the release states.

Neeley is currently lodged in the Ogemaw County Jail awaiting arraignment, with a bond of $250,000.

Stahl said that following publication of the original story by the Herald Aug. 16, the sheriff’s department received a tip about a residence on the east side of Long Lake in Plainfield Township.

Following the tip, the sheriff’s department executed a second search warrant later in the day Aug. 16 at the residence that was reportedly the suspect’s mother’s home. Stahl said additional items were seized at that address.

Assisting at the scene on Heath Road were Michigan State Police officers from the West Branch, Houghton Lake and Alpena posts; Roscommon, Ogemaw and Montmorency County sheriff’s departments; Rose City and West Branch police departments; Strike Team Investigative Narcotics Group; and Huron Undercover Narcotics Team.

Anyone who has had storage units or residences broken into and items stolen in the areas mentioned above and who believe their items may have been recovered are asked to contact their respective law enforcement offices to inquire.


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