Thefts from beach, cars prompts warning from police

A series of recent thefts reported from beaches and cars in the city of Grand Haven and Grand Haven Township have prompted police to warn people to secure their valuables. "Don't leave valuables on the beach,' said Lt. Renee Freeman of the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety. "Lock your cars.' Freeman said surrounding areas have been getting hit with "snatch-and-grab' thieves who run up to cars or beach towels and grab whatever is handy.
Becky Vargo
Jul 28, 2011

 

Two incidents reported Monday and Tuesday in the city involved money and a car charger being stolen from vehicles, Freeman said.

A Grand Haven Township resident, in a letter to the editor, reported two GPS systems and several hundreds of dollars worth of restaurant gift cards were taken from vehicles parked inside an open garage at her home Monday night.

“In the hustle and bustle of packing up the motor home, and in and out of the house, we forgot to shut the garage door,” said Michelle Morrissey in her letter. “Tuesday morning, we would find that this was a costly mistake.”

Morrissey said anyone finding gift cards to Logan’s Roadhouse, Olive Garden/Red Lobster, Subway, Chili’s or Outback Steakhouse should question where the cards came from.

She noted the cards were Father’s Day gifts to her father, who “is the cook in the family” and likes the gift cards because they give him a break from the kitchen.

Morrissey urged people to double check their cars and garages.

“The invasion of privacy has been very disturbing to us ... more so than the loss of the physical goods,” she wrote.

Rockford resident Keasha Palmer, also in a letter to the editor, echoed the warnings after renters at her family cottage in Grand Haven reported the theft of umbrellas, chairs, bags and sandals from the City Beach, south of the Bil-Mar Restaurant.

“I just wanted to warn everyone not to leave your stuff unattended,” she wrote. “And if you know anything about this, or if you notice somebody with a lot of extra beach paraphernalia around their house, maybe let somebody at the police department know.”

Freeman agreed with that. She said one of the persons reporting the theft from their car had heard their dog barking, but didn’t check to see why.

“Keep your eyes open,” Freeman said. “Pay attention if something seems suspicious. And if it does, call 911.”

Anyone with information about any of these incidents can call GHDPS at 842-3460 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345, or report it online at www.mosotips.com.

Comments

unbelievable

I love how the police are warning THE RESIDENTS AND VISITORS, but not the thieves. Wow.

 

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