Break-in suspect apprehended near theater

Police swarmed an area southeast of a local theater Sunday night and captured a breaking and entering suspect almost an hour later.
Becky Vargo
Dec 22, 2013


An Ottawa County Sheriff’s deputy responded to an alarm at 7:45 p.m. at Downtown Auto Services, 13782 172nd Ave.

The officer said he pulled into the driveway and could observe a man inside the office area who appeared to be going through the cash register.

He called for backup and waited for K-9 units to arrive from the OCSD and Holland City.

In the meantime, the suspect slipped out of the building.

“Before we could set up a perimeter, the suspect got out the back door,” said Sgt. Chris Koster of the sheriff’s department.

Police dogs followed the man’s tracks in the snow before cornering him in the bushes in front of a factory building on the southeast corner of Hayes Street and 172nd Avenue – right across the street from the Grand Haven Nine theaters.

The man was not armed, and at no point were people at the theater considered in danger, Koster said.

“He was apprehended without incident,” Koster said.
Police lodged the man in the Ottawa County Jail. His arraignment is expected today, Koster said.

The man’s name was not released pending arraignment.

Following the arrest, police checked the area, but did not find a vehicle.

“We backtracked his footprints and we didn’t find any evidence of other break-ins,” Koster said.

The sergeant said he did not know if this man was connected to any other break-ins that had occurred in the area.

The incident remains under investigation.

Officers from Grand Haven Department of Public Safety also assisted at the scene.



Great Job officers


I know right? Tracking someone in fresh snow with a dog; a real wonder. Just kidding, of course it was a great job.


I would not like to do my job 24/7 weekends and holidays with critics waiting to second-guess any mistake or even an indelicate comment made in the heat of the moment.
Thanks to law enforcement for stepping up to do a job few of us would or could do.


Who is second guessing, what indelicate comment, what heat of the moment? You act like someone said something negative and that isn't the case. If you read negativity in something I stated then you need to go back to bed and wake up on the correct side of the bed. You're addressing ex-military and ex-law enforcement here Uncle Joe and nobody has their back more than I do. Get a grip and have a Merry Christmas you old curmudgeon.

Here, I'll help you out with the definition so there isn't any room for your interpreting it incorrectly.

Curmudgeon. somebody considered to be bad-tempered, disagreeable, or stubborn. A killjoy, a wet blanket.


"Curmudgeon. somebody considered to be bad-tempered, disagreeable, or stubborn. A killjoy, a wet blanket".

You rang?


No, you've just got Tinnitus; real good single malt scotch will help with that, and also other symptoms of the aforementioned Curmudgeon.


Been having "Wet Blanket" problems lately have you? You should get that checked out.




I'm proud of all police officer's. My brother is a Captain in Indiana. All of you previous blogger's should get along. I didn't find any comments negative. I will say this: Merry Christmas to all of you and our fine Police/Fire Department!


We do get along Kenny, this is how we play. Ever see a couple of guys, or gals, giving each other the business; that's what this is all about, with the exception of Uncle Joe that is. The rest is plan good "gotcha" type stuff, if you don't read sarcasm then this forum might not be your cup of tea.


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