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State police investigates home invasions


The Michigan State Police (MSP) Lakeview Post is working collaboratively with the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office, Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office, Belding Police Department, Ionia Department of Public Safety and Greenville Department of Public Safety to investigate a series of home invasions that have taken place in Ionia and Montcalm counties in recent weeks.

In many of the cases, the homeowners were present when the crimes occurred. To avoid becoming a victim, the MSP reminds you to not leave your house or car unlocked.

Anyone with information about these crimes should contact their local law enforcement agency.

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Man arrested in Cannon Twp home invasions


 

By Judy Reed

A few weeks ago we reported that the Kent County Sheriff’s Department was investigating numerous nighttime home invasions in Cannon Township, specifically the Bostwick Lake area, where purses and wallets were stolen. Police believed the suspect was the same person they saw on video exiting a vehicle at the Marathon gas station on 14 Mile Rd (near Lincoln Lake Ave) that had been stolen in a Grandville home invasion.

Police arrested the suspect, Corey James VanSuilichem, 32, and charged him with receiving and concealing a stolen vehicle. Then, on August 3, they charged him with three counts of first degree home invasion—two for the Bostwick Lake area, and one for Grandville. According to Sgt. Joel Roon, additional victims will be included in the plea agreement.

VanSuilichem is believed to have broken into or attempted to break into over a dozen homes.

On August 9, he was also charged with being a habitual offender, 4th offense.

He previously served nine years on prison, from 2003 to 2012, for four counts of home invasion and one count of larceny from a motor vehicle for crimes committed in Ottawa County.

In February 2017, he was sentenced to 60 days in jail and three years probation for maintaining a drug house in Belding, because he was growing more marijuana than allowed on his card. And, as of June 30, he was listed as a probation absconder.

“We are proud of the tireless work our investigators put into this case and we are always grateful for the many community members who banded together and helped us, and also helped each other through a tense couple of weeks,” the Kent County Sheriff Department said in a statement on their Facebook page.

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Home invasions across the county


 

 

The Kent County Sheriff Department is asking residents to be on the lookout for people breaking into neighbor’s homes. According to Deputy VanSingel, of the Community Services Unit, in the past few weeks there has been several home invasions occurring from northern Kent County down to Caledonia, Gaines and Byron Townships.

“Most of the B&E’s have occurred during the day time hours,” said VanSingel. “Suspects are entering through unlocked garage doors or using force to enter through a window or door.”

These incidents are under investigation by the Kent County Sheriff’s Department Detective Bureau. If you have any information pertaining to any of the B&E’s, please call the Kent County Sheriff’s Department at 616-632-6100 or Silent Observer at 1-866-774-2345.

“We encourage everyone to take the time to be diligent and make sure your residence is secure, all doors and windows are locked. If you see a suspicious subject or vehicle in your neighborhood, please contact the police immediately and report the situation,” said Deputy VanSingel.

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Duo arrested for home invasions


Christopher Johnson

Jackie Sturgis

The Kent County Sheriff Department has arrested a man and woman for home invasions occurring in northeastern Kent County during April and May.

Jackie Lee Sturgis, 32, of Greenville, was arraigned in 63rd District Court, on May 29, on a felony charge of home invasion 2nd degree. Bond was set at $25,000.

Suspect Christopher Lee Johnson, 32, was arraigned in 63rd District Court on a felony charge of weapons-firearms-receiving and concealing with bond being set at $35,000. Both were also charged as habitual offenders.

According to Undersheriff John Hess, the two were arrested for home invasions in Courtland and Oakfield Townships. Some stolen property was recovered and investigators are working to determine which incidents Sturgis and Johnson may be responsible for.

 

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Home Invasions on the rise across the county


The Kent County Sheriff Department reported late last week that there have been many home break-ins throughout Kent County recently.
Many have occurred in rural areas where homes are not close together. Daytime home break-ins have occurred everywhere: Algoma, Cannonsburg, Lowell and Byron Townships. Break-ins occur at all times of day, in any season and in all neighborhoods.
The KCSD asks resident to please be aware of, and report, any suspicious persons or vehicles. When possible, write down license plate numbers.
They advise you to protect your home by being discrete. Don’t advertise your items of value. Keep valuables out of plain sight of doors and windows. If you are throwing away boxes or bags that depict valuable items such as TVs, computers or jewelry, make sure they fit in you trash or recycling can. Cut or shred as much information as possible.
Keep all exterior doors and windows locked. Make sure your home is well lit. Keep criminals guessing as to whether or not you are home. Utilize interior lights and, if possible, different lights through-out the home when you are not home.
Keep an eye on your neighbor’s house as well and report anything out of the ordinary.
To report any crimes or suspicious activity, call the Kent County Sheriff’s Department at 632-6100 or 911.

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Police seek clues in home invasions


The Kent County Sheriff Department reported at least four home invasions across northern Kent County between Thursday and Sunday last week.
The first one was on Thursday, December 1. Cash was reported missing from a home in the 5500 block of 21 Mile Road, near Sand Lake. According to Deputy John DeGroot, the door had been left unlocked.
The second one also occurred on December 1, in the 4400 block of 14 Mile in Algoma Township. A television, cash and other articles were taken. This home was also unlocked.
The third one took place on December 3. Scrap metal was taken from inside an unattached garage in the 11900 block of N. Division.
The fourth invasion took place on Sunday, December 4. A couple was sleeping when they heard someone in the house and found an unknown white male in the hallway, who fled when confronted. A slider door on their patio had been left open.
DeGroot said there is nothing to indicate that the home invasions are related. But he did give one word of advice to residents. “Make sure you have your doors locked,” he said.

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