Kent Co Break-in Vic: “We never expected that out here.”

CANNON TWP, Mich. (WOOD) — The Kent County Sheriff’s Department is urging residents to lock their doors due to a recent increase in home invasions.

There have been 24 reported home invasions since November 1st in Plainfield, Cannon, Ada, Cascade and Grand Rapids Townships, according to deputies.

According to the Kent County Sheriffs Department, 10 of those home invasions have happened in Cannon Township, 7 in Plainfield Township, 3 in Cascade Township, 2 in Grand Rapids Township and 1 in Ada Township.

Investigators said they believe 11 of the break-ins may be related and they have a suspect for those.

“I woke up, got into my car and noticed that my glove box had [been] went through,” said William Bennett.

Bennett and his wife live in Cannon Township and both their cars were broken into while in their garage on Tuesday, November 12.

“They tore everything up, they took money, and they actually didn’t take any cards or anything.”

All of these home invasions are under investigation by the Kent County Sheriff’s Department Detective Bureau.

“I believe they came in through my side door and it was unlocked. We normally don’t lock it; haven’t had any issue out here during any particular time. And the cars were unlocked too,” Bennett said.

That is how many of the break-ins happened: someone breaking in through the side door of a garage.

“It was pretty nerve wracking. We were surprised, we didn’t hear a single thing and I guess it happened to two or three other houses down the street.”

Authorities recommend everyone to keep their doors locked, use dead bolts whenever possible and do not leave valuables inside your vehicles.

The Bennetts said they now keep everything locked up and have added a security system.

“Unfortunately we should probably have done it much sooner but I guess we don’t expect anything like that happening out here.”

Police said while they have a suspect for up to 11 of the break-ins, they are still actively working on the remaining 13.

If you see any suspicious person or vehicle, please call the Sheriff’s Department at 616.632.6100.

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