Antique coins, jewelry targeted

A Grand Haven woman is looking for answers after thieves stole coins and jewelry from two local antique stores this past weekend.
Alex Doty
Apr 3, 2012

 

Kathy Smant, owner of Lakeshore Antiques, 10300 West Olive Road, said vandals smashed in her store’s door and broke her display cases. She said they took $35,000 worth of antique coins and jewelry.

“It’s no fun being violated like that,” Smant said. “They knew what they wanted, came in and then left.”

Smant said she believes the suspects came in beforehand to see what items were available. She said she’s glad they didn’t do additional damage to the store or steal other items of worth.

“It could have been a lot worse,” she said.

The Grand Haven Township incident was one of two antique store robberies that took place this past weekend.

Lt. Mark Bennett of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department said Harvest Antiques, 12330 James St. in Holland Township, was also broken into and suspects in that case also stole antique coins from the store.

“I can’t be for certain, but the initial angle is that they are related,” Bennett said.

Dave Rosenberger, manager of Harvest Antiques, said the suspects bashed in the front door and window to gain access to the store. They only took coins.

“They didn’t put anything out of place but that,” he said.

Rosenberger said that anytime the value of silver goes up, he sees these kinds of crimes happen. About a decade ago, the store experienced a similar burglary, he said.

Bennett said he is working the inventory lists from both stores to compile a more complete list of the stolen items and the value of each.

“We’re calling the pawn shops right now to see if anything was turned in,” he said.

Officers aren’t sure when the Grand Haven Township incident happened, but police responded to an alarm activation at the Holland store at about 1 a.m. Sunday. Bennett said the Grand Haven Township incident likely occurred during the early morning hours of Sunday.

Bennett said there is no immediate video evidence and investigators aren’t sure how many suspects were involved. Officers continue to review other surveillance video from the area and are processing evidence from the crime scenes.

Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to call Silent Observer at 1-877-88-SILENT or visit MOSOtips.com.

 

Comments

Jake.L

Wow, that is really sad that someone would break into someone's business like that. I hope that they catch the person/people who did this soon and that she can get through this ok.

 

Breaking into a dressing business is a bold move but in this day and age people seem to be getting bolder and bolder by the minute, so it's just sad.

anonymous

Kathy is a very close friend to my grandmother. It's sad to see something like this happen - especially to someone like her. I feel bad for both businesses that had to go through this. No one should have to have their business broken into.

 

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