HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — Holland police say they arrested four teens ages 13 and 14, and are still looking for one more juvenile, in connection to two car thefts.
The Holland Department of Public Safety said it was notified around 5:45 a.m. Friday that sometime overnight, a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix has been stolen from where it was parked in its owner’s driveway in the 200 block of East 14th Street.
A citizen called 911 around 2:10 p.m., saying thought a car was being driven by someone too young. An Ottawa County sheriff’s deputy soon spotted the Grand Prix on US-31 near Lakewood Boulevard. Deputies and Holland police officers pulled the vehicle over near S. Washington Avenue.
Inside was a 14-year-old driver and 13-year-old passenger, police said. Both Holland teens were taken into custody without incident.
As they investigated, police learned of another vehicle theft believed to be connected to the Grand Prix theft. That involved a 1999 Ford Contour stolen July 2 in Park Township.
The Contour was found empty in the parking lot of the Burger King in the 700 block of Michigan Avenue in Holland Friday. As they started to set up a perimeter, police spotted three people running away.
When ordered to stop, two of the fleeing individuals gave up to officers. Authorities say they are a 13- and 14-year-old from Holland Township.
The third person, also believed to be a juvenile, kept going. A K-9 did not succeed in tracking that person. Authorities are working to identify the third person, believed to have driven the stolen Contour.
Police say they will not be releasing the juveniles’ names.
Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to contact Holland DPS at 616.355.1100 or email@example.com, detectives at 616.355.1150, or Silent Observer at 877.887.4536.