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2 arrested in car thefts, including handgun

Mark Brooky • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:36 PM

After a month-long investigation, police executed a search warrant of a home in the 12000 block of 168th Avenue in the township on Thursday night and recovered a Glock handgun and other items believed stolen from the vehicles on Forest Park Drive in mid-April. A 21-year-old man was arrested and charged with concealing stolen property, and police believe he attempted to alter the Glock's serial number.

"The sheriff's investigators are putting together the cases we believe are involved with this particular suspect and his accomplices," said Lt. Mark Bennett of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department. "The exact number of cases are unknown at this time."

Also Thursday evening, police took a 23-year-old man into custody and charged him with receiving and concealing a stolen firearm, and altering the gun's identification. Bennett said the older man is believed to have been involved in the mid-April thefts from vehicles.

The identities of the two men arrested were not immediately released.

Police believe there are more suspects in the case, and ask that anyone with information to call Silent Observer at 877-88SILENT or leave a tip online at mosotips.com.

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