Posted on 18 September 2014.
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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Posted on 08 June 2012.
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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Posted on 05 January 2012.
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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Posted on 08 December 2011.
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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