OnStar alert sets off investigation into stolen vehicles

Jordan Michael Johnson
Jordan Michael Johnson

OSCEOLA COUNTY  — Police responding to a damaged vehicle Saturday in Osceola County, plus assistance from a local 911 dispatcher, led to the arrest of a man believed to have stolen multiple vehicles.

Jordan Michael Johnson, 24, of Evart, was arraigned Monday in Osceola County's 77th District Court on four felony charges. He is charged with one count of breaking and entering a building with intent, two counts of unlawful driving away of a motor vehicle and one count of attempted unlawful driving away of a motor vehicle.

Breaking and entering a building with intent carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. However, Johnson faces twice the maximum penalty due to prior convictions for receiving and concealing a stolen vehicle and home invasion.

Johnson's recent charges stem from an incident Saturday. Osceola County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to a report of an OnStar airbag deployment at 6:05 a.m. on May 7, on 3 Mile Road near 230th Avenue. Once on scene, officers discovered no one was at the vehicle.

Police then were notified of a suspicious subject contacting a residence in the area looking for information on how to get to Evart. Further investigation indicated the suspicious person had possibly attempted to steal a motorcycle at that address. Police also confirmed the vehicle from the initial incident was stolen.

While deputies searched the area for the suspect, another neighbor reported his truck stolen.

While en route to work, a Meceola Central Dispatcher observed a suspicious subject at Wesco in Reed City. After arriving at work, the dispatcher learned of the ongoing current investigation and notified the deputies about the person he'd seen. With this additional information police were able to get a good physical description of the suspect.

Deputies located Johnson walking in Evart, and after further investigation, located the stolen truck.

A preliminary examination for Johnson is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 26, in Osceola County's 77th District Court. His bond is set at $200,000.