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Teens arraigned, suspected of 50-70 property thefts

By Audra Gamble/The Holland Sentinel • Feb 1, 2018 at 8:00 AM

HOLLAND — Two teenagers were arraigned in court on Wednesday, Jan. 31, on the first of several charges relating to 50-70 larcenies that took place in the Holland and Zeeland area.

Jett Sebastien Ellerbroek, 17, and Dylan Jacob Connelly, 18, were arrested by the Zeeland Police Department on Jan. 30 after police had been trying to catch serial larcenists in the city for at least a month. An officer patrolling the city spotted three recently stolen bicycles outside a home in Zeeland, which led to the arrests of the teens.

Ellerbroek and Connelly are being held at the Ottawa County Jail, and Zeeland police are coordinating with the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office and Holland police to determine what open larceny cases the two might have been involved with. In total, police believe the two teens to be guilty of dozens of thefts from cars and garages.

Ellerbroek and Connelly were each charged with two counts of third-degree home invasion, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and/or fines up to $2,000. More charges against the pair are expected.

Connelly, a Holland Township resident, has previously pleaded guilty to being a minor in possession, consumption or attempted purchase of alcohol, but has no other criminal history.

Ellerbroek was arrested in July 2017 and pleaded guilty to a domestic violence charge and probation violation. He also pleaded guilty to using fake identification to buy alcohol. In September 2017, he pleaded guilty to attempting to purchase, possess or consume alcohol as a minor.

The pair were arraigned Wednesday afternoon by Judge Bradley Knoll in Holland’s 58th District Court via video from the jail. They will next appear in court for probable cause conferences, which are yet to be scheduled. Both teens had bond set at $5,000.

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