Men, 17 and 19, accused of car break-ins

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HOLLAND, MICH. (WOOD)– Two people accused of breaking into cars early Wednesday morning in Holland may also be responsible for other thefts, police say.

Around 4:30 a.m., a witness called police, saying she had seen two people entering cars in the parking lot of Baypointe Apartment Complex, according to a release from the Holland Department of Public Safety.

When officers showed up, they found Zachary Andrew Ayers, 17, and Patrick Bertell Banks, 19, in a car in the area. Officers found several stolen items in the suspects’ car, they said.

Ayers and Banks, both from Zeeland, now both face charges:

  • Ayers was charged with one count of malicious destruction of property. He was given a $2,000 personal recognizance bond.
  • Banks was charged with one felony charge of possession of a stolen financial transaction device and was given a $2,000 personal recognizance bond.

Authorities say they think Ayers and Banks are responsible for several other larcenies the Holland area and other places in Ottawa County. Holland police and the county sheriff’s office are working together to investigate.

More charges may be issued as that investigation moves forward, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Drew Torres at 616.355.1173 or email

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