Holland-area man charged in West Michigan crime spree

Tribune Staff • Jan 15, 2019 at 8:06 PM

HOLLAND — A 40-year-old Holland-area man has been charged with a string of property thefts from vehicles in business parking lots throughout West Michigan.

Police said Tuesday that Leo Lakoun of Holland Township has been arraigned in Ottawa County District Court in Holland on the following charges: illegal use of a financial transaction device, breaking and entering of a motor vehicle, malicious destruction of property, unlawful driving away a motor vehicle, and larceny of a weapon.

Lakoun is suspected of being involved in more than 12 cases in the area, police said, with the value of damages and stolen property estimated to be in excess of $15,000. 

Detectives from the Holland Department of Public Safety, Ottawa County Sheriff's Office and Zeeland Police Department have been working together on the case. Initially, officers and detectives from area departments were investigating larcenies from motor vehicles in area business parking lots. Evidence was collected from several of the crime scenes and Lakoun surfaced as a suspect.

Holland police detectives were assisted by Sheriff’s Office detectives and Zeeland police in executing several search warrants, in which stolen property was recovered related to multiple crimes in Ottawa and Kent counties.

Detectives are working with the Ottawa County Prosecutor’s Office on the charges, and are still linking the recovered property to specific crimes and victims, according to a press release from the Holland Department of Public Safety.

According to The Holland Sentinel, Lakoun has previous criminal incidents in Ottawa County, including two possession of marijuana misdemeanors in 2015 and 2016. He remains in the Ottawa County Jail as of Tuesday evening on a $40,000 bond.

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