Algoma Township has had a rash of break-ins this month, and the Kent County Sheriff Department is not only looking for help from the public to find the culprits, but is also asking residents to keep an eye on their neighbors’ homes.
According to Deputy Tonya Walkons, the break-ins started on Monday, May 10, on Edgerton south of 12 Mile.
On Tuesday, May 18, there were break-ins on Summit Ave, south of 13 Mile Rd NE, and Fonger, just east of Grange, and Rector, just east of Pine Island.
On Wednesday, May 19, there were home invasions on 10 Mile Rd near Wolven, and Edgerton jut north of 13 Mile Rd.
“The subject is knocking on doors to see if anyone answers. When the home owner answers the door, the subject makes up some excuse, such as they are lost, or need directions, or looking for a car for sale,” said Walkons.
She said home invasions occurred between 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
“A suspect is entering windows or doors of residences,” noted Walkons. She said items taken included jewelry, coins, IPODs, and firearms. One of victims had tools stolen out of a pole barn.
A resident on Rector had a suspicious vehicle and man at her home pounding on her door several times at 9:50 a.m. on Tuesday, May 18. She described the vehicle as a red 4-Door with loud muffler, possibly a Ford Escort/Taurus LS. She described the man as a skinny white male, 19-20 years old, with brown shaggy hair, no facial hair or glasses.
If anyone was in this area and saw anything suspicious or if you know something about this vehicle or subject, please contact the Kent County Sheriff Department at (616) 632-6100, or Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345, or toll free at (866) 774-2345. You can also text a tip to CRIMES (274637). The keyword TIP138 must appear on the first line of your text message in order to reach Silent Observer.
However, if you see suspicious activity or a vehicle/subject fitting description contact 911.
“Lets work together, and catch this person. No tip is insignificant,” said Walkons. “Algoma Township has not had home invasions for several months. Please keep an eye on your neighbors homes, be vigilant.”