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Teen to enter plea for 50-70 larcenies

By Audra Gamble/The Holland Sentinel • Mar 30, 2018 at 8:00 AM

A Zeeland teen is scheduled to enter a plea in Ottawa County Circuit Court for taking part in 50-70 larcenies in the Holland and Zeeland areas.

Jett Sebastien Ellerbroek, 17, was arrested by Zeeland police officers on Jan. 30 after police had been trying to catch serial larceny suspects in the area for more than a month. Ellerbroek was arrested with Dyland Jacob Connelly, 18.

Both Ellerbroek and Connelly are out of jail after posting bond.

Ellerbroek is scheduled to enter a plea in court on April 2, in front of Judge Karen Miedema. He has been charged with two counts of third-degree home invasion, along with Connelly.

Ellerbroek has previous guilty pleas from 2017, including two minor in possession of alcohol charges and a domestic violence charge.

The Zeeland Police Department coordinated with the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office and the Holland Department of Public Safety to determine what open larceny cases the teens may have been involved with. In total, police believe Ellerbroek and Connelly were behind dozens of thefts from cars and garages.

Third-degree home invasion is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and/or fines up to $2,000, meaning Ellerbroek could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.

Connelly, a Holland Township resident, has previously pleaded guilty to being a minor in possession and consumption or attempted purchase of alcohol, but he has no other criminal history. He is scheduled to have a final pretrial conference in court on May 7.

The pair were arraigned by Judge Bradley Knoll in Holland’s 58th District Court via video on Jan. 31. Bond was set at $5,000 for each teen, which they both posted to be released from the Ottawa County Jail.

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