KOSCIUSKO COUNTY — A Schoolcraft, Mich., man has been arrested in connection with the break-ins of storage units at the Packrat Storage Units, SR 13, Syracuse.
Andrew James Futymoski, 28, 10635 W. West Ave., Schoolcraft, Mich., was booked in the Kosciusko County Jail Tuesday morning, Jan. 23. He has been charged with four counts of burglary, all level 5 felonies and three counts of theft, class A misdemeanors; and one count of theft, a level 6 felony. He is being held on $11,000 surety and cash bond.
Kosciusko County sheriff’s deputies responded Oct. 10 to a report of burglary, theft and criminal mischief at the storage unit. The officer spoke with Cora Piercy who reported someone cut the lock on her storage unit, but found no items missing. The officer found multiple units had locks cut off.
Several days earlier Ligonier Police conducted a traffic stop and identified Futymoski and a female occupant. They both admitted to stealing property out of storage units in Kosciusko County. Police did find a handgun and bolt cutters in the vehicle.
Officers were able to identify the victims and spoke with each victim. One victim reported his toy antique fire trucks and a Bible with his name was missing. Another victim reported a bag of jewelry, two Brinks fire safes and miscellaneous paperwork. A third victim reported a handgun, gun cleaning supplies, ammunition, Bible and pistol were stolen. The fourth victim reported a 6 horsepower Evinrude boat motor and fishing tackle stolen. All items were found in the vehicle with Futymoski and the female and identified by the victims.
Futymoski admitted to police he and the female cut the locks and entered the storage units Oct. 6, stealing the items.