Police: Charges leveled against suspect in alleged Holland arson

Posted at 10:43 PM, Dec 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-14 22:43:58-05

HOLLAND, Mich. — The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office says a Holland Township man is being held on a $50,000 cash surety bond in connection with an alleged arson at a Holland graphic arts business.

Graphix Signs & Embroidery, 11223 E. Lakewood Boulevard, went up in flames early in the morning on November 20. Holland Township Fire Chief Jim Kohsel told FOX 17 at the scene that the building was a complete loss.

The Sheriff’s Office says Shane William Wheeler, 48, has been arraigned on charges of conspiracy to commit 3rd degree arson. Police say he has also been charged with conspiracy to commit breaking and entering in relation to “several incidents in and around the Holland area, and as an habitual offender, fourth notice.

“He does have several previous felony convictions,” said Ottawa County Sheriff Capt. Mark Bennett:

Police say Wheeler has been in the Ottawa County Jail since Friday on the cash bond as well as a detainer from the Michigan Department of Corrections for parole violations.

Meanwhile, the Sheriff’s Office says a 16-year-old alleged accomplice of Wheeler is still in the process of being waived to Circuit Court for possible charges. The teenager is in custody at the county youth home. Police say his name cannot be released yet.