Allendale car fire leads police to crime spree investigation

Becky Vargo • Aug 14, 2016 at 6:29 PM

ALLENDALE TWP. — Police were alerted to a crime spree when firefighters responded to a car fire early Sunday morning in a wooded area south of Allendale High School.

Allendale firefighters found a 2004 Ford Expedition fully involved in fire when they arrived on the scene about 6:30 a.m.

Deputies investigating the incident found the owner in the 3200 block of Deer Run in Marne, and determined the vehicle had been stolen overnight, said Ottawa County Sheriff Sgt. Brian Buter.

As the morning went on, police received several reports of larcenies from cars and one attempted home invasion in the 3300 block of River Hills Drive in Marne, not far from the Deer Run address, Buter said.

Several electronic devices and wallets were reported stolen, he said.

At 10:40 a.m., a second vehicle was reported stolen from the 10727 64th Ave., an address in close proximity to the vehicle fire, Buter said.

A 2004 Volvo F-60, 4-door sedan was still missing as of late Sunday afternoon, police said. The car is gray or silver and has a license plate of BFF 0826.

Police believe the thefts, stolen cars and arson are all related.

Anyone with information on the vehicle or the thefts is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department hot line at 616-738-4687 or Silent Observer at 1-877-88 SILENT.

Tips can also be sent via text to OCMTIP plus message to 274637.

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