Investigators from the Spring Lake/Ferrysburg Police Department, Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department and Fruitport Township Police are looking at possible connections between the incidents.
“There’s too many coincidences, too many parallels to say that they are not related,” said Lt. Mark Bennett of the Sheriff’s Department.
Bennett said his department has developed some leads in the case and will continue to work on them.
The Sheriff’s Department is also investigating break-ins that same night of storage units in Crockery and Grand Haven townships. Bennett said at least 50 storage units were broken into at Power Drive Storage, on the corner of M-104 and Power Drive in Crockery Township. More than a dozen units were reported entered at M&M UStor & Lock on Robbins Road in Grand Haven Township. Thieves cut off locks and took everything from jewelry to televisions from the units, Bennett said.
Break-ins were also reported that night at Aspen Dental and Great Clips, located in a strip mall at the corner of Sternberg Road and Harvey Street in Fruitport Township.
In the meantime, owners of the targeted businesses in Spring Lake have made some improvements to protect their investments and to help restore their feeling of safety.
Two businesses, Eye Vision and Reyers Co. — both on the south side of Savidge Street — were entered that night. Attempts were made to get inside Village Baker and Ship & Shop on the north side of the main street through the village.
Peggy Crow and Tim Bourdon, owners of Eye Vision, 110 S. Lake, said for a previous story that they’ve been in the area for 30 years and had never experienced anything like it. The door to their store was smashed and a petty cash envelope was taken, Bourdon said. Nothing else was touched.
Harlan Reyers, owner of Reyers Co., said he felt violated after thieves broke into his print shop at 700 E. Savidge St.
One of Reyers' employees, Bob LaFrance, said he was a little “freaked-out” when he came into work about 5 the next morning and found the microwave and kitchen cupboards open. As he and manager John Bowen looked around, they realized the place had been ransacked.
“You could tell because all the drawers were open and all the trays were moved,” Bowen said.
Reyers said nothing appeared to be missing except a flashlight, discovered just the other day when they needed it to work on the press.
“Obviously, they were looking for money,” Reyers said. “We didn’t have a lot, but they missed it by an inch.”
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