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Thieves break into autos, garages in city


A resident’s call led Cedar Springs Police to investigate numerous thefts from unlocked vehicles and garages this week.
According to Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent, police received a call early Monday morning, at 3:08 a.m., from a person who reported that he saw people trying to gain entry into a neighbor’s garage. Officer Paul Feutz arrived in the area along with a back-up patrol unit from the City of Rockford.  Officers saw some of the suspects fleeing and eventually detained some of those who were involved.
All involved suspects were young adults.  One suspect, who had some of the stolen property in the truck of his car, was from Coral, Michigan. The others had local Cedar Springs addresses.
Parent said these young men covered a good portion of the city looking for vehicles that were not locked and/or attempted to enter into garages that were open. Items recovered consisted of Ipods, a camera, GPS units, a spotting scope, sunglasses, and lap-top computer.  Some of the victims were identified that same morning and others have come into the police department to report items being stolen from their vehicles.  “If you feel you were a victim with property stolen from your vehicle, we encourage you to call or come into the police department,” said Parent.
He said that additional work needs to be done before the investigation will be presented to the prosecutor for charges.
“We remind residents not to leave valuables in an unlocked vehicle,” cautioned Parent. “Because we have a safe community, we often become far too comfortable leaving items inside of a vehicle or leaving entry doors to a garage unlocked. In this case, one night of roaming thieves has caused a considerable amount of work for the police and affected many residents.”

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Man uses baby as cover in thefts


Roman Lewis Vanderniet

A Howard City man was arrested last week for stealing from an 84-year-old Reynolds Township woman.

According to Howard City Police Chief Steven DeWitt, Roman Lewis Vanderniet, 26, of Howard City, his girlfriend, and their baby stopped unexpectedly at the elderly woman’s house (she is an acquaintance) to visit. After they left, she found her purse was open, and cash was missing, along with a large amount of prescription painkillers from the home.

On the evening of February 16, they stopped by again. The victim reported that Vanderniet asked if he could lay the baby on the victim’s bed to rest. He then entered her room and closed the door, while his girlfriend engaged her in conversation in the living room.

When the elderly woman went to her bedroom to check Vanderniet, she found him standing in her closet. After they left, she found her closet had been gone through, more cash had been stolen from her purse, and a birthday card with cash was missing. She also found the window in her bedroom unlocked, and fresh footprints in the snow outside of the window.

When police located Vanderniet in the early morning hours of February 17, he admitted to taking some money from the victim and unlocking the bedroom window with the intention of returning.

He was arrested and lodged in Montcalm County Jail. Vanderniet was charged with larceny from a building, a four-year felony and/or $5,000 in fines. He was arraigned on February 17 and released on a $1,000 personal recognizance bond.

Chief DeWitt reminds citizens to beware of who you let into your home, and not to keep prescription pills in your bathroom or medicine cabinet where they are easily accessible to other who use the room.

“This is a very common method of theft of prescription medication,” said DeWitt.

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