Car Break-In Thief Took Time to Sort Out Change

Posted at 9:09 PM, Dec 06, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-06 21:36:59-05

ALLEGAN, Mich – A man was arrested in connection to around 80 car break-in cases, a mess for police to sort through. Victims respond to how the crimes hurt them.

“As soon as I walked up to my truck and opened my door and I noticed things array.” Greg Penny who lives on Cutler Street in Allegan said. “My cordless phone charger was laying on the ground and papers threw on the floor and so I knew right away that someone was in there.”

Ironically, Greg Penny lives right around the corner from the Allegan County Sheriff’s Department. He never reported the break-in into his SUV to police, but 65 other people in Allegan did report theirs, along with 15 others over a three-week period in the county.

“Then I noticed all of my change they took the time to sort through it and took all of the quarters, left all of the dimes, nickels and pennies.” Penny added.

“I had tools in the very back and they weren`t touched.” Penny added.

Around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, police believe they snagged their man.

Officer Josh Morgan noticed Ken Snippe, 21, of Allegan, riding his mountain bike on Cedar between Cherry and Spruce. Officer Morgan noticed that Snippe’s shoes matched tracks similar to those found at other crime scenes.

At the same time, a call came in for a car larceny in that same area. Snippe was placed under arrest and is cooperating with police.