Police use aerial fire truck to search for suspicious items

A 31-year-old homeless man was arrested for possession of a stolen car after he was reported acting in a suspicious manner Saturday evening at a Centertown restaurant, said Lt. Joe Boyle of the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety.
Becky Vargo
Nov 15, 2011

Police were called just after 8 p.m. to One-Eye’d Jacks Restaurant, 207 N. Seventh St., after a man was  observed acting suspiciously, and going back and forth between a car parked across the street and the restaurant, Boyle said.

“At one point he asked, ‘If they knew of anywhere he could dispose of bloody items in a backpack,’” Boyle said.

When approached by police, the man said the car was not his, Boyle said. The 2000 Ford Taurus turned out to be stolen earlier that day in Palatine, Ill.

Boyle said that witnesses claimed to have seen some bloody clothing, so police started scouring the area, looking for a black bag or backpack with some bloody clothes. Police continued the search Sunday morning, using the aerial fire truck to search rooftops and a larger ground area.

Boyle said there was no sign of struggle in the stolen car, so it was impounded and the owner contacted. GHDPS has been in contact with Palatine police as well, he said.

Boyle said messages were sent out to police agencies along the Lakeshore to see if there were any crimes that might match up with the suspicious activity. No response back had been received by late Monday, he said.

Fingerprints later confirmed the man’s identity “as a subject who has had prior contact with law enforcement,” Boyle said.

Anybody who has information on the incident, or who may have seen any suspicious activity in the area, or has located a black bag or backpack in that area, is asked to call GHDPS at 842-3460 or Silent Observer at 1-877-88-SILENT.

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