On January 3, the Kent County Sheriff Department responded to a business burglary at the Cedar Chest, located at 61 N. Main Street, in the City of Cedar Springs. An employee contacted the Kent County Sheriff’s Office, after finding the back door damaged and that entry had been gained. KCSD Deputies responded and processed the scene. It was reported that some items had been taken from the store.
Through investigative leads, detectives were able to locate a potential suspect in the case. Additional interviews and searches were conducted leading to 18-year-old Alexander James Hirst being identified as a suspect.
Hirst, a resident of the City of Cedar Springs, was charged by the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office with one charge of breaking and entering, and one charge of safe breaking.
Alexander Hirst is currently in the Newaygo County Jail on unrelated charges and will be transferred to the Kent County Jail upon release.