Home broken into, vehicles stolen in Ottawa County crime spree

Posted at 2:39 PM, Oct 20, 2015

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. — A home and several vehicles were broken into and two vehicles were stolen in Ottawa County Tuesday morning.

The home break-in happened at about 4 a.m. in the 10000 block of Waterpoint Drive in Allendale Township.  Officials say the homeowner woke up and chased the suspect out of the residence with a shotgun.   No one was injured.

When investigators arrived at the home, they discovered several unlocked vehicles had been broken into and robbed in the same area, according to the sheriff’s department.  Two of the vehicles had handguns that were stolen.

The suspect in the home invasion is described by police as a white male, roughly 6 feet tall with a thin build and a goatee.

Roughly half an hour after the Allendale Township thefts, two vehicles were stolen in the Jenison area, according to the sheriff’s department.

The first is  a 1999 gray Chevy Suburban with Michigan plate 2BZS76, which officials say was stolen from the 1600 block of Southlawn Street.  The other vehicle is a 2002 white Chevy Tahoe with Michigan plate CDW9643.  That vehicle was stolen from the 7700 block of Chickadee Drive.

After all the thefts and break-ins in Ottawa County, Grand Rapids Police contacted the sheriff’s department at about 8 a.m. to say they had recovered several stolen items that belonged to Allendale Township victims.   The items were found near Watson Street on the city’s west side, according to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.

Officials did not say if the vehicle thefts in Jenison were connected to the Allendale Township incidents.   In all, officials say the crime spree could involve more than two dozen instances.  Tens of thousands of dollars worth of items are believed to have been stolen.

No one has been arrested in connection with these cases.  Anyone with information on any of these incidents is asked to call the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department at 616-738-4000 or Silent Observer at 877-88-SILENT.