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Police seek suspects in home invasion

By Judy Reed

It started out like any other Wednesday morning for a rural Sand Lake family. Mom and Dad got ready for work, kids got ready for school, and Mom dropped them at the bus stop. They were all out of the house by 6:15 a.m.  But when Mom returned to their house in the 5000 block of Grosvenor about 1:30 p.m. to let the dog out, things were anything but normal.

“She saw the windows were broken and stuff sitting outside the garage,” said Yvonne Taylor, the victim’s mother.

According to both Taylor and the police, thieves broke in and not only stole numerous items but vandalized the home as well. They reportedly took an axe to all the bedroom doors and the drywall, smashed a big screen television, tipped over the pool table, smashed pool sticks, wine bottles, and various other items. “They damaged property in every room in the house,” said Lt. Kevin Kelley of the Kent County Sheriff’s Department.

They stole at least 50 items from the home, including Gameboys, a Playstation, Nintendo, DVDs, jewelry, two quads (youth-size ATVs), and at least $4,000 worth of tools. They reportedly gained entry by forcing the door.

Police did receive a description of the suspects from a neighbor who saw a truck but didn’t think much about it at the time. According to the neighbor, it was a dark-colored blue or black pickup without a cap, and was not new. They saw one of the stolen yellow four-wheelers in the bed of the pickup. The suspects are two males, with the driver being described as tall and quite thin, and his accomplice being a little smaller.

Police said no other homes in the vicinity have had a break-in or had their home vandalized like this. But according to Lt. Kelley, everyone should be alert and take precautions. “Daytime home invasions are the most common type,” he said. “Thieves disguise themselves to blend in and try to appear normal. Although they are sometimes observed, they do not appear unusual because it’s during the day. Most people think of it happening at night. But they happen during the day, when people aren’t there,” he explained.

Anyone with information regarding the break-in should call the Kent County Sheriff Department at (616) 632-6100, or Silent Observer at (616-774-2345) or toll free at 1-866-774-2345. You can also text a tip to CRIMES (274637) and start your message with TIP138.

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One Response to “Police seek suspects in home invasion”

  1. Barbra Chong says:

    The people who did this have no conscience whatsoever! If they didn’t steal it, then they destroyed it. Several trips had to have been made to get all of the items out of the house. Someone has to know something about this case and it should be reported to local authorities immediately. This article fails to mention that two little boys had everything they call “fun” stolen from them, taken right from their very own bedrooms. How would you feel if this was a member of your family, your child? These thieves even stole groceries from the cabinets and fridge! Dishes were taken from the cabinets and smashed on the floor, every room in the house was ransacked and destroyed. It’s a tragedy to think that someone, possibly from our own community, could do such a terrible thing.

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