A teen that was involved in the tagging incidents (graffiti) is being referred to juvenile court again—this time for stealing from vehicles.
According to Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent, Officer Mike Stahl saw two young men running at 12:54 a.m. on June 3 and investigated. One of them, the 16-year-old, was the one involved in the tagging incidents, and the other was a 17-year-old.
The 16-year-old had pockets full of questionable items, things that one would take from unlocked vehicles at night—cell phone chargers, USB cables, a pocket knife, prescription pill bottles with another person’s name on them and other small items.
The 17-year-old did not appear to be involved and was let go.
The 16-year-old had been drinking, and Officer Stahl took him home to his mother. He later confessed to stealing from unlocked vehicles.
“This 16 year old will be refereed to Juvenile Court and has been involved with four investigations, all with court referrals since the graffiti incidents in Cedar Springs,” said Parent. “Once he turns 17, At that time his crimes will be handled in 63rd District Court and he will no longer be considered a juvenile.”
One prior court referral involved a fight and another case involved being disorderly and drinking alcohol.
“I give a lot of credit to Officer Mike Stahl for being alert and conducting good investigations,” remarked Parent. “We are getting the job done.”
Parent said that one victim lived on N. Main Street and another on E. Elm Street. “Residents need to be reminded to lock their vehicles. Even simply items like cell phone chargers and USB cables will costs somewhere around $20.00 to $30.00,” he noted.