Sheriff’s Dept.: 3 admit to 20 break-ins

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Kent County Sheriff’s Department says an arrest in the Detroit area led to confessions to 20 business break-ins here in West Michigan.

On May 4, according to a release from the sheriff’s department, the Westland Police Department said it had arrested a suspect during a business break-in.

Kent County sheriff’s detectives found information that person may be involved in a series of local business break-ins. Wyoming police detectives then found a local suspect in their city.

After interviewing the Wyoming suspect, authorities were led to a third suspect living in Canton. Tuesday, authorities served a search warrant at that suspect’s home in Canton and found evidence connecting the suspect to the Kent County break-ins.

All three suspects then admitted to eight break-ins at businesses in Algoma, Gaines and Plainfield townships, as well as 12 more in the cities of Grandville and Wyoming, according to the sheriff’s department.

All of those incidents happened overnight on March 22 or 23 and April 25 or 26.

Multiple jurisdictions are now seeking charges against the three suspects, the sheriff’s department said.

The sheriff’s department said two of the suspects are already on parole and that all three are known to have drug habits.

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