Break-in suspect apprehended near theater

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 1:40 PM

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.

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