Caledonia thief leaves electronics, takes cash

CALEDONIA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Neighbors are keeping an eye out for anything unusual after a series of robberies south of Grand Rapids this week.

There were 10 burglaries in Caledonia Township on Wednesday alone, the Kent County Sheriff’s Department says. The thief or thieves hit homes in the area of 68th, 76th and 84th streets and Whitneyville Avenue.

The burglar has been breaking into houses during the day when people are at work, prying open doors or squeezing through unlocked windows. He leaves behind expensive electronics and concentrates on finding cash.

One man on 68th Street said he may have seen the burglar. Greg Stevens said a suspicious man knocked on his door and may have been surprised when he answered it.

The stranger told Stevens he was looking for a man named Josh about a roofing job, but the address he said “Josh” gave him wasn’t the house he knocked at. Then, Stevens said, the stranger asked about his neighbor’s house.

“I thinking something doesn’t add up,” Stevens said.

After the stranger left, Stevens turned on the news and learned about the break-ins.

He called the sheriff’s department. He said he was showed a photo lineup and was able to pick out the stranger who came to his door.

“He showed me 16 pictures. I went through them all and I ID’d two of them, and he says, ‘Well, look at them again.” Identified that guy,” Stevens said.

The Kent County Sheriff’s Department says it is looking for a white man around the age of 30. He is described as stocky with reddish brown hair and a scruffy beard. He may be driving a newer, black, four-door car.

Anyone with information should call the sheriff’s department at 616.632.6100 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.

WOOD TV8 provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s