DNR conservation officers arrest Saginaw County crime suspects

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April 26, 2018

Contact: Lt. Jeremy Payne, 989-684-9141

DNR conservation officers arrest Saginaw County crime suspects

Responding officers include off-duty and newly minted COs

Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers arrested two men wanted by local police in connection with a Saginaw County crime spree.

At about 11 a.m. Wednesday, Conservation Officer Will Brickel received a call from a Shiawassee River State Game Area employee, who reported that a truck appeared stuck in a section that is off-limits to motor vehicles. Brickel, who was off-duty, alerted fellow Conservation Officers Joe Myers and Adam Beuthin, who responded to the scene.

Despite being off-duty, Brickel also went to the scene to locate the stranded vehicle and record the license plate number. He then noticed two subjects walking on a trail. When he approached the men and identified himself as a conservation officer, the subjects ran into the woods.

The three officers worked as a team to locate the subjects. When officers were closing in, the subjects again ran but surrendered after a brief chase. Conservation Officer Beuthin, who graduated from the DNR Conservation Officer Recruit School in December 2017, then took the suspects into custody without further incident.

The officers later discovered that the stranded truck was stolen, and the two men are suspected of at least 30 breaking and entering incidents from the prior evening. The men were turned over to the Chesaning Police Department, which is continuing the investigation.

“All three conservation officers did an outstanding job of apprehending the suspects,” said 1st Lt. Jeremy Payne, district supervisor for the DNR Law Enforcement Division. “The fact that one officer responded while off-duty and another is a recent Recruit School graduate speaks to the dedication and quality of our conservation officer team. The DNR Law Enforcement Division sets the highest standards of conduct and professionalism, and I’m proud to say all three officers exceeded them.”

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.