Spike in thefts from cars on GR West Side

Surveillance video appears to show a man checking to see whether a vehicle's doors are locked. (Courtesy image - Aug. 29, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Residents on the Grand Rapids West Side are being reminded to lock their car doors after a recent spike in thefts from vehicles.

The uptick in larcenies from cars started a week or so ago. There were seven burglaries over the weekend alone.

The Grand Rapids Police Department says the thefts are crimes of opportunity. The crooks are keeping it quiet — they aren’t smashing windows and are instead looking for unlocked vehicles.

Joe Arnold said his car was burglarized on Aug. 27.

“As soon as I walked out here, I was like, they got me,” Arnold said. “They took my amps.”

The car seat in the vehicle was also stolen.

“Disappointed that people gotta be doing that, especially taking a kid’s car seat. Pretty disrespectful,” he said. “Hopefully one day it happens to them; they understand how it feels.”

His neighbor’s truck was also broken into. That man now has to replace all the tools he used for work.

The recent rash of burglaries prompted one resident to try and catch the crooks on surveillance camera, and he thinks he may have succeeded. Video recorded one night over the weekend shows a young man approaching a vehicle, checking the doors and then leaving. Moments later, the man and a possible accomplice are seen running away.

GRPD has a copy of the video and is checking it out for any possible clues.

“This is a wonderful old West Side neighborhood and we just can’t allow this to go on. We can’t allow people to break into our cars, into our houses,” the resident who set up the surveillance camera said.

Police advise car owners to lock their doors. One theft victim said his insurance wouldn’t cover his losses because he had left his car unlocked.

Anyone with information is asked to call GRPD at 616.456.3400 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.

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