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Suspects identified in mailbox destruction spree

The Holland Sentinel • Dec 1, 2017 at 7:32 PM

Police say they have identified three suspects in a Thanksgiving Day property destruction spree.

The spree included damage to about 50 mailboxes and one vehicle, caused by golf clubs, the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office said.

“This does include mostly mailboxes, and in one particular case, (a) van window was broken,” Capt. Mark Bennett said.

The initial report took place in the 13000 block of Eighth Avenue in Tallmadge Township. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the damaged mailboxes actually started in Kent County near Kenowa and Burton streets.

The suspects then made their way north on Kenowa and then west on Luce Street. They then went north on Eighth Avenue to Johnson Street, where they continued to damage mailboxes on their way west. The damaged vehicle is a 2005 Saturn van.

Bennett estimates the damage to total several thousands of dollars. The malicious destruction of property took place in Tallmadge Township on the Kent County and Ottawa County border.

Following an initial press release about the damage, the Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous tip about the incident. From that tip, three suspects were identified and interviewed by deputies.

The suspects include a 19-year-old Jamestown Township man, a 20-year-old Walker man and a 19-year-old Walker woman. The suspects’ identities will be released following their arraignments.

The Sheriff’s Office has turned the case over to the Ottawa County Prosecutor’s Office. Felony charges may be filed against the suspects, Bennett said.

The incident does remain under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office, and anyone with further information is asked to call 616-738-4000 or Silent Observer at 877-887-4536, or visit the Silent Observer website at mosotips.com.

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