Antique coins, jewelry targeted

Alex Doty • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:27 AM

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.

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