Michigan State Police found stolen sporting goods, after receiving tip from storage facility.

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It all started with a call from Coldwater Lake Storage.

"They found what appeared to be a sporting goods store in there," Sgt. Bill House, Michigan State Police said.

Stacks and stacks of canoes, boats, bows and arrows where crammed into two storage units. Sgt. Bill House with Michigan State Police received a tip from management at the storage company, that they had two units filled with sporting goods. They had heard MSP was looking for a man by the name Jason Moore, and they just happened to be lockers.

"The owners of the storage units contacted me and said they had some storage units down there that they had opened up, that he was delinquent on," House said.

Police say Moore accumulated all of this stuff by contacting companies, asking them to send him sporting goods, and promising them he would pay for the items after he re-sold the stuff.

"It got to the point, where he never paid and they would quite sending him anything. So, that's what he would do, is go to the next manufacture and say hey, I want to sell your product," House said.

Police say Moore did this with about 20 different businesses from all over the country and Canada. Some of the businesses were just small mom and pop shops, that couldn't afford to have something like this happen to them.

"Some of them have told me, because of this that they may be going out of business. It's just amazing the number of people and the havoc he's wreaked on these businesses," House said.

Police removed all the stolen goods from the storage units on Tuesday, and officers are working hard to get it all cataloged and organized. James Moore hasn't been arrested or charged in connection with this case, because police are still working on the case and will submit it to the prosecutor.

All these items will be returned to the companies they came from. Anything they can't find an owner for will go to auction and the money from that will go into the state general fund.

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