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Juveniles ID'd in Norton Shores crime spree

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:56 PM

Norton Shores Police Chief Dan Shaw said the crimes include attempted armed robbery, felonious assault, a motor vehicle theft, malicious destruction of property, and several burglaries and larcenies.

The names of the suspects, ages 12-15, are being withheld because of their ages, Shaw said.

"Not all of the suspects were involved in every crime," Shaw noted. "However, the group as a whole is believed to be responsible for numerous crimes occurring in the area of Seaway Drive and Seminole Road."

The crime spree included an attempted armed robbery of two off-duty employees of Verdoni's Restaurant, 211 Seminole Road, on Nov. 18, 2012; burglarizing boats last month in the 3000 block of Mona Kai; the theft of more than $2,000 in cash during the break-in of the Coffee House, 255 Seminole Road, on June 16; vandalizing Verdoni's and stealing a van on June 16; breaking into J.D. Byrider, 3692 Airline Road, and vandalizing and stealing on July 8; and stealing a cellphone from a vehicle at Babbitt’s Sports Center, 3712 Airline Road, also on July 8.

Shaw said charges have been filed with the Muskegon County Prosecutor’s Office, but  detectives are still investigating the involvement of this group in several other reported crimes in the area. Anyone with information is asked to call Silent Observer at 231-722-7463 or the Norton Shores Police Department at 231-733-2691.

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