Boy, 14, connected to at least 7 break-ins

A 14-year-old Norton Shores boy arrested in a stolen car has been connected to at least seven break-ins in the area over the past two weeks.
Tribune Staff
Oct 3, 2013

Muskegon Police said the boy was driving a 2001 Toyota Avalon that officers stopped at 3 a.m. Wednesday. Police determined the car was stolen from a home in the 5500 block of Henry Street in Norton Shores.

Norton Shores Police investigating the incident also discovered two other vehicles at the residence had been entered.

The boy is lodged at the Muskegon County Youth Home.

The boy and his parents were interviewed by police, who determined that he was involved in several crimes in the City of Norton Shores. The crimes include:

— Aug. 29: Several windows smashed at the Grand Valley State University radio station on Pontaluna Road.
— Sept. 3: GVSU radio station again; electrical wire and tools stolen, gasoline poured around the building.
— Sept. 12: Broke into locked garage in the 500 block of Tournament Circle; case of soda pop taken.
— Sept. 15: Golfing equipment stolen and damage to windows and doors at Oakridge Golf Club.
— Sept. 25: Vandalism, minor items taken, computers tampered with at Oakridge Golf Club.
— Sept. 26: Vehicle entered in a locked garage in the 800 block of Ashlee Court; money, cigarettes and alcohol taken.

Police are working to recover property that was taken and link the suspect to recent open cases.

There also have been several home invasions reported in the north end of the city not related to this suspect.

Police said the suspects are breaking into homes during the day when people fail to answer the door. Police ask residents to report any suspicious persons who knock at their door without a good explanation.

The suspects have been described as African-American teenage boys. Televisions and vehicles have been stolen in the most recent break-ins.

Anyone with information regarding these recent crimes is asked to call the Norton Shores Police Department or Silent Observer at 231-72-CRIME.



I think we should lock up these kids and their parents. A 14 year old that is running this wild likely means that his parents are guilty of neglect at a minimum.


Great idea! How many years should they each get - I'm thinking at LEAST 20.


Parents need to be held accountable to Juniors actions. This kid has been off course for awhile.

There is more to this story and thousand more just like him. Probably should be removed from the parents to have a fighting chance at a productive life but we won't. He will be a ward of state in less than 4 anyway. Sigh!

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