Suspect charged in string of break-ins

Jason Sundstrom's mug shot from the Kent County Correctional Facility. (Dec. 30, 2014)

ROCKFORD, Mich. (WOOD) — A man believed to be responsible for a number home invasions and car break-ins in the Rockford area has been arrested and charged.

Jason Sundstrom, 24, was arraigned Wednesday on two counts of first-degree home invasion, possession of a financial transaction device, possession of a controlled substance less than 25 grams, and receiving or concealing stolen property.

Sundstrom was arrested around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to an officer’s sworn testimony in a court document.

He was pulled over after failing to obey a stop sign, according to the document. During the traffic stop on W. Division Street NE near River Street, officers noticed a suspicious bag in the front seat, then found a spoon with heroin residue on it.

He was arrested. Officers said they searched Sundstrom’s car and found items stolen during break-ins, including a wallet with money and credit cards in it, a snowboard, a golf putter, a checkbook and a prescription bottle with a break-in victim’s name on it. Officers said they found more stolen credit and debit cards in Sundstrom’s wallet.

One of the victims estimated the value of the items stolen from him at about $600.

If convicted, Sundstrom could face some 20 years in prison. He is expected back in court next month.

Police are asking anyone who may have recently been a victim of a theft to call their local police department to report the incident.

Rockford police reminded residents to lock their houses, cars and remove all valuables from vehicles.

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