Man allegedly breaks into Webber Twp. Hall
BALDWIN -- A Muskegon man was arrested after allegedly breaking into the Webber Township Hall and fire department and damaging several rooms inside.
Brian Marvin Tjapkes, 42, faces several felony charges following his arraignment in Lake County Trial Court on Nov. 16; including three counts of of breaking and entering a building with intent, malicious destruction of property and arson of personal property. He was charged as a habitual offender (third offense).
Webber Township Supervisor Ernie Wogatzke said among the items damaged during the Sept. 29 incident were a stove and refrigerator, a glass window, kitchen cabinets and an American flag, which was partially burned. Tjapkes allegedly attempted to break into rooms containing township records, Wogatzke said, but was unsuccessful.
"You feel violated," Wogatzke said. "We're trying to keep our records safe and we're thankful they weren't touched. But the damage is very insulting. We're disappointed someone would consider doing this. All you can do is move on."
A zero-turn lawnmower was stolen from a backyard shed, said Lake County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Chad Hurrle, and used as a getaway vehicle. Tjapkes was arrested after being reported to police for allegedly damaging an acquaintance's lawn with the mower.
Tjapkes was issued a $25,000 personal recognizance bond at his arraignment and is no longer in jail. He is scheduled to return to court for a preliminary exam Nov. 6.