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Police investigate break-ins

The Cedar Springs Police Department is investigating several break-ins that have occurred within the city over the last month.

On June 18, a small barn near a home on 18 Mile Rd and N Main Street was broken into. Numerous power tools were taken.

A week later, on June 25, an alarm went off at MCU Body at 2:24 a.m. The rear door to the Body Shop’s far east building was damaged, but nothing appeared stolen. A K-9 Unit from Wyoming Police Department was called to the scene, but lost the track on S. Fredrick Street.

In the late evening hours of June 30 or early morning hours of July 1, the Hungry Howies, 151 S. Main St. was broken into. The rear door handle was damaged. Once inside, the suspect tampered with the safe, but nothing was stolen.

That same evening, Hair Masters, also located at 151 S. Main St., was broken into and cash taken. The rear door handle was damaged. According to Chief Roger Parent, the damage to the door handle allowed the door to open but did not present frame damage like they normally see when someone breaks in. The handle remained in place.

Parent said he believes both the Hungry Howie’s and Hair Masters break-ins are related.

If you have any info on the break-ins, please call the Cedar Springs Police at 696-1311.

He said they also get calls from time to time about things being stolen from vehicles. “We suggest that you do not leave valuables in a vehicle, even if locked,” said Parent. “Thieves will break a window if they feel the item, like a purse, is worth stealing.”

Fireworks have also been a hot complaint since the new fireworks law went into effect. From June 29 to July 6, the Cedar Springs Police Department responded to 25 complaints on fireworks. Parent said only 7 of the 25 calls were in the three-day period that State Law approves (day before/day of/ and day after a national holiday).  He said most of the calls came in between 10 and 11:30 p.m. The latest time complaints observed were calls coming in at 1:14, 1:41 and 1:45 a.m.

“There probably could have been four times as many complaints, but people just didn’t call because they knew we couldn’t do anything during that three-day period,” said Parent.

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