Grand Rapids couch thief who returned for matching cushions sentenced to 5-22 years


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GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — A Kent County judge has sentenced a man to five to 22 years in prison for stealing what police say is more than $41,000 worth of items from home furnishing stores.

The Grand Rapids Press reports ( ) 41-year-old Michael McClerin was sentenced Thursday. He pleaded guilty in June to receiving and concealing stolen property worth over $20,000. He also pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Investigators say McClerin stole a leather couch worth more than $6,500 from Gorman's Home Furnishings Store on March 3. They say he returned six days later to steal the matching cushions and a rug.

Investigators later discovered a storage unit where they say McClerin put stolen items. They haven't recovered the couch or rug.

McClerin has to pay $1,000 in restitution.

Information from: The Grand Rapids Press,

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