Another ‘smash-and-grab’ incident reported in GH

Grand Haven Department of Public Safety officials are continuing to investigate a series of "smash-and-grab' incidents that have occurred in the community after another was reported Sunday.
Alex Doty
Feb 15, 2012


“We did, in fact, have another ‘smash-and-grab’ incident at St. Patrick’s Church,” Lt. Renee Freeman said.

Freeman said the latest incident occurred between 9:30 and 11 Sunday morning. She said the suspect likely saw a purse in a vehicle at the church, took it and used credit cards inside the purse at local businesses.

This incident is similar to two others reported by the GHDPS in recent weeks.

On Feb. 2, it was reported that the department was seeking information on two male suspects who were believed to have been the same persons who smashed car windows and stole purses from cars in Grand Haven and at The Lakes Mall in Fruitport Township. The suspects then used the credit cards to make purchases.

Area resident Jackie Baden was in choir practice Feb. 2 when her car was targeted while parked in a lot near First Presbyterian Church in Grand Haven.

“I came out of choir practice at 8:30 p.m.,” she said. “I saw the smashed window when I walked up to the car.”

Anyone with information on the incidents or the suspects is asked to call GHDPS at 842-3460 or Silent Observer at 1-877-88-SILENT (745368). A tip may also be submitted online at

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

News Editor Becky Vargo contributed to this story.



These kind of stories make me mad and confused. It is sad that someone thinks they need to steal first of all. Next I have no idea why anyone would leave any belongings laying out in plain site in a vehicle. A purse with all your stuff in it......really? What makes one think that is okay to do? They are just asking for trouble when people do stuff like that. Is it because they think we live in Grand Haven and nothing like this happens here? If that is the case, they obviously haven't paid attention to the news ever. I find it hard to feel sorry for an individual that basically leaves the cookie jar wide open, then gets upset when all the cookies get eaten. Yes it sad that you can't do that, but I would never even think of leaving a purse in the vehicle, even just to run into the store, let alone for hours unattended. Just asking for trouble, and it it found them.


This is messed up that the theives steal from cars in a Church parking lot. Straight to hell I say!


It's a terrible comment on our society when people sink to such levels, but that's the way the world is today. The lesson to be learned here is to not leave valuables, any valuables, in sight when you leave your vehicle. Criminals know people are too trusting, especially in Grand Haven. We have to realize it's not 1950 anymore. Put your stuff away & take your purse with you!!


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