POLKTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A man was arrested for a residential break-in Wednesday and has been linked to several others in Ottawa and Muskegon counites.
At 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, a homeowner in the 8800 block of Cleveland Street in Polkton Township in Ottawa county encountered a male suspect in her driveway acting strangely. He asked the homeowner a question, then jumped into a white Dodge and left the scene. The homeowner then discovered that her home had been broken into and she called 9-1-1.
An Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office patrol car was en route to the scene when the driver turned north onto 80th Street near Cleveland, lost control of the vehicle on the wet pavement and the car rolled over onto its top. The squad car was occupied by two deputies, who were taken to North Ottawa Community Hospital where they were treated and released with minor injuries.
Soon thereafter, the break-in suspect — a 19-year-old from Muskegon County — was apprehended in Ravenna Township in Muskegon County by the Muskegon County Sheriff’s Department. He is being questioned and is a suspect in other daytime residential break-ins in the two counties.
The suspect’s name has not been released pending his arraignment in court.
The Michigan State Police said that the teenager was the second of two suspects actually arrested for the burglaries. MSP said the first suspect — a 50-year-old Muskegon man — was arrested on April 11.
Both suspects are being held in the Ottawa County Jail.
Anyone with any information about the break-ins is being asekd to call Silent Observer at 1-877-88SILENT or at mosotips.com on the Web.