Holland Public Safety officers were doing surveillance in the downtown area due to a rash of breaking and entering reports over the past month.
Over the last several weeks, officers and detectives have been focusing a lot of extra resources and time on surveillance, foot patrol, evidence processing, interviews, and reviewing surveillance videos, an official said.
Shortly before 4:30 a.m., officers observed a suspect inside the business at 23 W. 8th Street. Police set up a perimeter around the building and started a search of the property. The suspect was found hiding inside and was taken into custody.
Police said the suspect is believed to be involved in other similar incidents in the downtown area, but detectives are still working to link him to each one. The suspect was lodged at the Holland Department of Public Safety lockup pending arraignment.
At 6:38 a.m. Wednesday, police responded to a break-in that had just occurred in the 1000 block of Washington Avenue. The suspect had fled. After using a K-9 officer to track the suspect, as well as witness interviews, the suspect and evidence were located at an apartment in Meadow Lanes.
This suspect was also lodged at Holland Department of Public Safety pending arraignment on a charge of breaking and entering. Police said they do not believe this incident is related to the downtown break-ins.
As of April 11, Holland police had responded to seven break-ins at downtown businesses since March 22. The businesses are all located in the area of 8th Street, College Avenue and River Avenue.
Police said the suspect has been attempting to steal cash from registers and office areas.
Anyone with information that could help in the investigations is asked to call the Holland Department of Public Safety at 616-355-1150 or email investigators at [email protected]. Anonymous tips may be made by calling Silent Observer at 1-877-887-4536, texting OCMTIP and your message to 274637, or go online to www.mosotips.com.