Rash of thefts from unlocked cars investigated

Police are looking for help identifying suspects in a recent series of thefts from unlocked vehicles.
Becky Vargo
Aug 2, 2012


 About 30 of these incidents have been reported, with the numbers increasing over the last 10 days, said Lt. Mark Bennett of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.

 The suspects worked primarily between midnight and 6 a.m., targeting the area of Robbins Road south to M-45 and Lakeshore Drive to the east side of Grand Haven Township.

 Bennett said most of the vehicles were unlocked, and were parked in driveways next to homes or businesses.

 Several thousand dollars worth of electronics were stolen, along with one handgun, he said.

 The Sheriff’s Department is working with other agencies on similar crimes.

 There are no suspects at this time, Bennett said.

 Anyone with information is asked to call Silent Observer at 1-877-88 SILENT (745368).



Though the number of thefts apparently have risen of late, they have actually been going on for some time. The Sheriff's Department has been keeping it quiet. Two months ago my car was broken into at night in my garage. The responding officer said mine was the only break in that night. He was lying. I learned later he had come to my house from a neighbor's after they reported a similar break in an hour earlier. Why would that officer not tell the truth about this? I think the number of instances are way higher than reported. Do some investigative reporting. Don't just pass along police reports. If this is more widespread, and if the police logs show it, this would be important for you to report.


Is the person who left a handgun in an unlocked car getting charged with anything? There we go anouther "clean one" for criminals to use, they love that no purchase record comming back to them.


"Bennett said MOST of the vehicles were unlocked, and were parked in driveways next to homes or businesses."

it does not say that that persons vehicle was unlocked.


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