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2 arrested in connection to stealing items from vehicles in Big Rapids

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Posted at 1:09 PM, Jan 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-18 13:09:19-05

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. — Big Rapids police have arrested two individuals in connection to larcenies from vehicles in the area.

Officers were dispatched in the early morning hours Saturday to the 600 block of Bjornson Avenue in reference to two men attempting to break into a vehicle, according to a news release Monday.

The caller had seen the men trying to get into his locked pickup truck on his video surveillance from earlier in the morning, and gave police a description of them.

Police also saw fresh footprints around almost all the cars in the area and it appeared several had been rummaged through.

Several unlocked vehicles had been gone through from the 600 block of Bjornson, south on Fourth Street, through Parkview Village Apartments toward downtown.

Earlier in the morning, a Big Rapids officer had stopped two people who had been seen acting suspiciously near downtown.

They were released because of a lack of evidence linking them to a specific crime at the time.

The men were later found to be the two individuals on the video surveillance of the original caller.

Officers went to their home and took them into custody for larceny from a vehicle and providing false information to a police officer.

They were lodged at the Mecosta County Jail.

At the time of their arrest, officers found several items that did not belong to the men, including sunglasses, clothing, a blanket and miscellaneous electronic charging equipment.

Anyone who has had any of these items stolen from their vehicle may contact the Big Rapids Police Department at 231-527-0005 to provide a description of the items.