Two arrested in Buffalo Bob's break-in

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 1:04 PM

Jeff Hawke, director of the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety, said officers responded to the break-in at 136 Washington Ave. at about 2:44 a.m. Sunday.

“We heard it and couldn’t see anything,” said owner Bob Hutchinson, who lives in a condominium above his downtown store. “A neighbor saw someone running down the street.”

According to police, witnesses called in and provided a description of two suspects. Officers located both of them - a 24-year-old man from Zeeland and a 22-year-old woman from Chicago - after making a traffic stop near the intersection of Clinton and Seventh Street. They were found to be in possession of stolen property - a long board - from the store.

Hutchinson said the suspects smashed out the window and stole a longboard - valued at $260 - that was on display. He said the thieves also damaged several other boards in addition to a cooler.

Police arrested both suspects and lodged them in the Ottawa County Jail. Arraignments are pending on breaking and entering charges for both, and the man also faces an operating a vehicle while intoxicated charge.

“It is just one of those things that you hate to see happen,” Hutchinson said. “I was up until about 4:30 a.m. cleaning up glass.”

Hutchinson noted that Randy Smith, a downtown neighbor and owner of Michigan Rag Co., assisted him in the cleanup effort.

According to Hutchinson, his insurance provider will likely cover the cost to replace the window, but he noted that he might have to replace the window next to it on the storefront since it is so old.

“I don’t know how much it is going to cost (to repair the window),” Hutchinson said.

Hutchinson noted that the business has been downtown for about 37 years, and at the current location for 20 years. In that time, crime has been a spotty occurrence.

The last major incident he said he could think of occurred when the store first opened at the corner of Washington Avenue and Second Street.

“Right after we bought the building, someone crow-barred the back door and stole snowboards,” Hutchinson said.

As of Tuesday morning, Buffalo Bob's still had a blue tarp covering the broken front window.

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