House thief

It is a pleasant ritual to get away for the weekend or the week at your own cabin in the woods. Thousands of Michiganders enjoy the outdoors in the land of 10,000 lakes by leaving the big city and getting out in nature for boating, fishing, hunting or just isolation and a change of scene. The demand for so many places of respite has led some entrepreneurs to build larger and larger pre-fab houses and buildings. The technology exists for garage sized buildings to be assembled in factories and shipped by truck intact to your pristine location. One Michigan man went to visit his hide away around Christmas time, but when he got to his idyllic backwoods plot, his house was gone. Yep, somebody had carried the whole 12”x28” cabin away. “Who you gonna call?”  

The unlucky homeowner called the Michigan State Police to announce the theft. This proved to be the first time state and local law enforcement were ever tasked with finding a missing house.  “We’ve had people steal things from inside a building, but we’ve never had anyone steal an entire building,” said Michigan State Police Public Information Officer Lieutenant Derrick Carroll. According to the owner, the theft of the Northern Michigan’s Cold Springs Township cabin occurred sometime between Nov. 18, 2021 and Dec. 16, 2021. When they arrived on their property the building was completely gone. At first blush the state police had no luck finding the building, but on Feb. 16, 2022, the state police requested help from the public investigating the theft. The subsequent hunt sent troopers across the state, as they followed up on multiple tips from people of various cabins that matched the one in the original photo. Several search warrants were executed on cellular devices and many interviews followed, according to a release from Lt. Carroll.

Finally, 43-year-old James Knoll from Kalkaska, MI became a suspect when the stolen cabin was located on his property during the execution of a search warrant. Knoll had attempted to conceal the cabin by erecting “large pieces of sheet metal around it as well as altering its appearance,” according to the state police. Troopers were ultimately able to make a positive identification by matching the serial numbers from inside the stolen structure. Knoll was arrested on Jan. 1, 2023 and then lodged in Kalkaska County Jail. However, according to Lt. Carroll, “Knoll may have not acted alone.” The investigation continues and there may be more arrests to come. Knoll was arraigned in Kalkaska County for one count of receiving and concealing stolen property. Being white he had to pay a $20,000 10 percent bond. His next scheduled court appearance is on Feb. 27.   Check back at the end of the month to get the exciting crime details. The Michigan State Police would like to thank the public for their assistance in this case, Lt. Carroll said. 

Home Missing home

I was gutted yesterday when I came home and was told by my wife that my 5-year-old son wasn’t actually mine.
She says that I need to pay more attention when picking him up from school.

As I was driving home from work last night, I saw a bumper sticker that said, “I am a veterinarian, so I can drive like an animal.”
Suddenly I realized how many proctologists are on the road.

I visited my new friend in his apartment. He told me to make myself at home…
So I threw him out. I hate having visitors.

One day a teacher asked her first graders what they did to help at home. They took turns giving such answers as,{“I dry the dishes”, “I feed the dog”, and “I make the bed”. Then she noticed that Johnny hadn’t spoken, so she asked him to tell what he did. After thinking for a moment he replied, “Mostly, I stay out of the way.” 

February 10th Birthdays

1991 – Emma Roberts, 1967 – Laura Dern, 1989 – Emily Morris, 1985 – Elizabeth Banks

1930 – Robert Wagner, 1955 – Greg Norman, 2001 – Aedan Duckworth, 1974 – Glenn Beck

Morning Motivator:

If your thoughts become things…
then choose the fantastic, amazing and awesome ones.

Dream house gets away