Looking for families in recovered stolen photos, some from 1965


CALHOUN COUNTY, Mich. – The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office recovered several family photographs, including slides from 1965, and an old slide viewer after investigating a string of burglaries.

Deputies are asking for the public’s help in identifying the people in these pictures, and believe they are the victims, or the victims’ friends and families, pictured.

“Any (break-and-entering) is one too many,” said Deputy Mark Elferdink with the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office.

The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office recovered the stolen property July 2, and now they are hopeful it will be returned to its rightful owners: families who are missing precious heirlooms like photographs and about 50 slides from 1965, showing loved ones as children, and boys riding their bike.

As of Thursday afternoon, deputies told FOX 17 that two families have come forward and claimed their possessions.

“A lot of times we don’t have any follow-up information for (families), so they’re happy to hear something, to recover some of their personal property, and some important family mementoes; photographs you’ll never be able to replace those. They’re just overjoyed. Finally the families are just able to start working on closure,” explained Elferdink.

Deputies said they arrested three suspects in connection to the burglaries: three men in their 30’s, awaiting charges for at least five burglaries that deputies believe they committed in Pennfield Township since May. Elferdink told FOX 17 that the suspects likely sell stolen goods to fuel their meth addiction.

“They’ll be charged with home invasion, vehicle theft, possession of firearms, burglary tools, everything we can think of,” said Elferdink.

If you know any of these people or have information, please contact the Calhoun County Pennfield Team with any information at (269) 963-3786.

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