Charges dismissed in Rose Lake Township breaking and entering
REED CITY — Two Cadillac men arrested for allegedly breaking into a marijuana grow operation last month have had their charges dropped, though they could be re-charged.
Robert Scott McQuestion, 18, and Anthony Gabriel Shurlow, 19, both had charges of one count of breaking and entering and one count of conspiracy to commit breaking and entering dismissed.
The men were scheduled to have preliminary examinations at 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 13, in Osceola County’s 77th District Court, but the hearings did not happen and the charges were dropped.
Osceola County Prosecutor Tyler Thompson would not comment on the circumstances surrounding the dismissal, but did say the case may not be finished.
“I anticipate refiling these charges in the future,” Thompson said.
According to police, McQuestion and Shurlow are responsible for a breaking and entering at approximately 4 a.m. on July 21, at a residence on 15 Mile Road near 130th Avenue in Rose Lake Township. McQuestion and Shurlow are thought to have been attempting to steal marijuana plants from a grow operation, when they were confronted and shot by the homeowner.
The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office became aware of the incident after being contacted by staff at Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital, where the two shooting victims went for treatment of their injuries. While Shurlow was soon released from the hospital, McQuestion was transferred to Traverse City for further medical treatment. He was arrested upon his release from the hospital.
Police initially had a difficult time making contact with the homeowner who allegedly shot the men. Officials will not confirm if the grow operation was legal. Details on the legality of the operation and the homeowner’s cooperation are unknown at this time.