Ottawa County thieves targeting ATM customers

A surveillance photo of one of the suspects in the Nov. 15 robbery provided by the Holland Department of Public Safety. (Nov. 16, 2015)

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD)—  Ottawa County authorities are investigating a possible link between two ATM robberies in as many days.

The most recent crime happened just after 9:30 p.m. Monday at the Macatawa Bank on Riley Street in Holland Township.

The ATM at the Macatawa Bank on Riley Street in Holland Township.
The ATM at the Macatawa Bank on Riley Street in Holland Township.

Ottawa County deputies say a Holland area woman was finishing a cash withdrawal when a man appeared at the driver’s side of her car, snatched her money and ran.

A police K-9 tracked the robber to the nearby Meijer on West Shore Drive before the scent went cold.

Investigators say the thief was wearing a red sweatshirt and red and white winter gloves.

Holland officers are looking into a similar crime that happened at another Macatawa Bank ATM along Maple Avenue near W. 29th Street.

Macatawa Bank on Maple Avenue in Holland. (Courtesy photo)
Macatawa Bank on Maple Avenue in Holland. (Courtesy photo)

In that case, the  Holland Department of Public Safety said two men took an 80-year-old man’s wallet and the cash he had withdrawn. The man told officers the thieves also tried to take his watch, which broke as the three scuffled.

In both cases, the robbers were not armed.

Anyone with information in either case is asked to contact Silent Observer at 877.887.4536. Tips can also be submitted anonymously online.

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