Man drives truck into Oceana Co. store

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Video: 2nd suspect arrested in break-in crash

  • Travis William Malone
  • Surveillance photo from the Wishing Well
    

OCEANA COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) - Wednesday, 8:45am - The Oceana County Sheriff's Department reports that the second suspect in a break-in using a pickup truck has been arrested.

Deputies served a felony arrest warrant on the man in Ludington.  The man had outstanding warrants on file in Oceana County.

His name will be released after his arraignment.

PENTWATER, Mich. (WZZM) - An 18-year-old man is in custody after crashing his pickup truck into an Oceana County convenience store Sunday morning, but police are searching for another man involved in the crime.

Surveillance video captured the crash at about 5:00 a.m. on Sunday at the Wishing Well in Pentwater.

The Wishing Well did not open as scheduled on Monday morning, and a sign outside explains why the business looks a shambles.

"It's horrible, horrible," says employee Bonnie Blanchard.

Someone drove a full-size pickup truck through the store's front door, then ran over a gas pump early Sunday.

"It was remarkable that no one was hurt and that they did not get hurt," says manager Chris Semma.

The store's alarms notified police of the break-in.

"The officers were here and wanted to immediately get to the surveillance cameras," says Semma.

Police say the surveillance video shows Travis William Malone, 18, of Ludington, ramming the truck into the building.  Malone is charged with breaking and entering a building with intent, a ten-year felony. 

Investigators are now looking for another man who went into the store to steal packs of cigarettes and alcohol.

"Grabbed couple of those cigarettes, Crown Royal and out the door he was," says Semma.

"Less than $100 worth of stuff," adds Blanchard.

On Tuesday, an insurance adjuster and a builder were at the store preparing estimates on repairs.  The damage is so significant it could be several days before the business is able to reopen.

"We want to get back up as soon as we can," say Semma.

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