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Posted: Monday, June 27, 2011 12:00 am

KALAMAZOO - A 41-year-old Mattawan-area man and his 37-year-old wife were arrested late Monday night by Van Buren County Sheriff's deputies, each facing retail fraud and methamphetamine-related charges.

KALAMAZOO - A 41-year-old Mattawan-area man and his 37-year-old wife were arrested late Monday night by Van Buren County Sheriff's deputies, each facing retail fraud and methamphetamine-related charges.

Van Buren County Sheriff Dale Gribler said Bryan Jankowski was arraigned Tuesday in 7th District Court, Paw Paw, on charges of operating-maintaining a methamphetamine lab, possession of methamphetamine and a probation violation.

He received a $5,000 cash surety bond. A pre-trial conference was scheduled for June 28.

Jankowski's wife, Renee, was also arraigned Tuesday on charges of operating-maintaining a methamphetamine lab.

Her bond was set at $25,000 cash surety. Her pre-trial conference was also set for June 28.

Gribler said on Monday, June 20, at approximately 9:30 p.m., Van Buren County Central Dispatch received information from the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office that it had taken a report of retail fraud from Menards, located on West Main, Kalamazoo.

Deputies were advised that a male subject had allegedly stolen components believed to be used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine from the store, and fled the scene in a 1978 Ford Pinto.

A short time later, deputies located the suspect and vehicle as it turned into Wolf Lake Trailer Park, 25054, M-43, near Mattawan .

A vehicle search located numerous items used for manufacturing methamphetamine.

A large bulk of lithium batteries was also located on a female passenger. The batteries were allegedly stolen from Menards.

A search of the couples' Wolf Lake Trailer Park residence found an active methamphetamine lab, including waste from previous "cooks," finished methamphetamine, and evidence of sales of illegal narcotics.

A hazardous waste cleanup company removed hazardous waste from the site.

The two were arrested and transported to the Van Buren County Jail, pending arraignment in the 7th District Court, Paw Paw

Deputies were assisted by Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office, Van Buren County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Detectives.

The retail fraud, which occurred in Kalamazoo County, was investigated by the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office. Approximately $750 in United States currency was located on the male suspect, and was seized under civil forfeiture.

The investigation has been turned over to Van Buren County Prosecutor's Office.

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