Sheriff: 10, not 4 home break-ins on same day

CALEDONIA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The Kent County Sheriff’s Department now says 10 homes were broken into – not four as originally believed — on Wednesday in Caledonia.

On Thursday, sheriff’s investigators said break-ins had occurred at homes in the 6300 block of 76th Street SE, the 7600 and 9000 block of 84th Street SE and the 8200 block of Whitneyville Avenue SE.

Then, on Friday, the sheriff’s department said it had learned of six more break-ins in the area, including five more homes on 68th Street SE — one in the 6600 block, two in the 7000 block, one in the 7300 block and one in the 7500 block — and one in the 8100 block of 84th Street SE.

The break-ins all happened between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., the sheriff’s office said, and matched the same method of entry — the suspect or suspects either pried doors open or crawled through unlocked windows.

Investigators said a possible suspect in the break-ins may have been driving a newer, black 4-door car.

In all of the break-ins, valuables or small amounts of cash were taken, the sheriff’s department said.

In addition, on Friday morning around 6 a.m., a man wearing an animal-print jacket walked into a home in the area of Hanna Lake Ave. SE and 100th St. SE through an open garage door, according to investigators. He stole a purse while the residents were inside the home.

A dark-colored vehicle, like a Ford Flex, was seen in the area around the time of the theft.

Sheriff’s officials are asking residents in the area to keep their doors and windows locked and keep any eye out for anything that seems suspicious. Anyone with information should call the sheriff’s department at 616.632.6100.

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