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My Town: 7 tips to protect your home from spring break predators

My Town: 7 tips to protect your home from spring break predators

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—With spring break fast approaching, many West Michigan families are fine-tuning their travel plans—and so are thieves.

Most West Michigan schools will be out of session April 3-10, so families can take a vacation.  East Grand Rapids Public Safety Director Mark Herald says this is the time homeowners need to step up safety measures.  Herald shares seven ways to make your home less attractive to thieves:

My Town Cascade: Store owner on alert for booze bandit

CASCADE, Mich.—The owner of an upscale liquor store is asking for the public’s help in tracking down a booze bandit.

Paul Makkar says the thief has been a regular visitor to both of his International Beverage stores for more than a year, but it was the sharp eyes of a new employee that alerted him to the man’s slippery fingers.  Thursday night, the new worker noticed the suspect was lingering in the liquor aisle of the store on Cascade Road, and alerted Makkar.  After reviewing the store’s surveillance video, Makkar determined the thief had taken five bottles of liquor worth about $100 altogether in the span of about five minutes.  He says the video also shows the man attempting to steal mini-bottles of liquor from the store counter.   

Makkar says the man has bought items while visiting the store in the past, but he is concerned the thief may have been stealing from both of his stores for a long period of time. 

My Town: 10 ways to protect yourself while shopping

My Town: 10 ways to protect yourself while shopping

KENTWOOD, Mich.—As the busiest shopping day of the year approaches, police are offering 10 ways to protect yourself and your vehicle from thieves.

 

Help Eliminate Auto Thefts (H.E.A.T.) works with Michigan law enforcement agencies to track down suspected car thieves and those suspected of auto theft-related insurance fraud.    Shoppers are encouraged to follow these tips:

Deputy: Don't be an easy target

Deputy: Don't be an easy target

KENT COUNTY, Mich.-- Don’t be an easy target. That’s the message from Kent County Deputy Ryan Roe to drivers, after a series of thefts from vehicles in Ada, Grand Rapids and Cascade townships.

The crimes took place in the early morning hours during the week of Thanksgiving.  Investigators say the thieves targeted unlocked vehicles parked in driveways and inside garages. 

Drivers are encouraged to take all valuables out of their vehicle and lock it before leaving.

Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call the Kent County Sheriff’s Department at (616) 632-6357.

Home Break-ins on South End of Grand Rapids

Home Break-ins on South End of Grand Rapids

Two homes in the same development were broken into on Friday, October 24, 2014; one in the 200 block of Loch Lomond SE and the other in the 3300 Chevy Chase SE area. The break-ins occurred between 10am and 1pm while the homes were unoccupied.

After damaging doors to gain entry, the intruders spilled contents from drawers and cabinets, leaving the homes in a mess but nothing was taken.

A silver Chrysler van with black trim on the sides was seen in the area about the time of the break-ins. The vehicle may also have an Illinois license plate.

Anyone who may have information in regard to these crimes is asked to contact the Kent County Sheriff’s office at 616-632-6357.

My Town: More districts to add school resource officers this fall

My Town: More districts to add school resource officers this fall

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Four additional officers from the Kent County Sheriff’s Department will be patrolling the hallways and grounds of West Michigan schools next fall.

The Kent County Board of Commissioners last week approved contracts in which the Kent County Sheriff Department will provide a school resource officer to Byron Center Public Schools, Kent City Community Schools and Kenowa Hills Public Schools.  Lowell Area Schools is working with a community partner to fund a school resource officer and hopes to commit to a contract in the coming weeks.

The SROs will improve school safety by investigating school related incidences and taking a proactive approach to deter violence and crime on campus.

My Town: Potentially costly spoofing scam spreads to Kent County

My Town: Potentially costly spoofing scam spreads to Kent County

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The sheriff department is warning residents about a scam that’s made its way into Kent County.

On June 16, a resident contacted the sheriff department to report a suspicious phone call.  The suspect masked their phone number so it appeared the phone call was coming from the Kent County Sheriff Department.  The predator told the victim the Kent County Sheriff Department had a warrant out for their arrest and they needed to pay hundreds of dollars to take care of the warrant.  The scammer also used an actual sheriff department employee’s name.  Fortunately, the victim thought the call was suspicious and contacted deputies.