Break-ins connected

Police are asking for help in their search for the suspects, or anyone who may have seen something suspicious on the night of a series of break-ins and attempted break-ins in Spring Lake on Aug. 8.
Becky Vargo
Aug 21, 2012


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.”

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.





We have had a MAJOR increase in breakins recently although I don't see police patrolling our areas at night either. When businesses are broken into, we get these big articles, but when cars are broken into, we just get a small blurb. Recently my car was entered, things were stolen and bikes were stolen from our front yard. The police officer that came out was very friendly and helpful and was able to retreive my wallet (I didn't have cash in it or they didn't want it) and my daughter's bike (mine is still missing.) However, I never see anyone patrolling our area to prevent future incidents from occuring. The police KNOW that this is going on, but don't seem to be doing much about it besides telling us to lock our cars. As soon as everyone locks their cars, the theives will just try the house or break the window. That doesn't seem like much of a solution to the problem. I used to feel safe in Grand Haven Township, but not so much anymore!


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