EGR police warn residents after string of break-ins

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Police are warning residents after a series of break-ins that have occurred over the last few weeks in East Grand Rapids and surrounding communities.

One break-in occurred on Maplewood Drive in East Grand Rapids by two black men in their 20’s who were driving a white minivan. They broke into the house through an unlocked door and stole electronics, according to a news release from the East Grand Rapids Public Safety Department.

An attempted break-in happened on Lake Grove Avenue in East Grand Rapids by the same suspects. They tried to break into the house through a rear door, but fled when they heard the resident.

A white minivan was also reported in another incident that occurred in Kentwood. Police say while the residents were on vacation, their home was broken into and electronics were stolen.

Another break-in occurred in Cascade Township. While the resident was out of house for a short time, the suspects broke in and stole a large amount of jewelry and cologne, according to the release.

East Grand Rapids police have released the following tips for residents:

  • Always lock doors and windows
  • If you see any suspicious behavior in your neighborhood, call 911 immediately
  • Keep a record of serial numbers from your electronics and jewelry — this will help detectives find stolen items on databases
  • When leaving for extended periods of time have your mail checked and leave lights on

Anyone with information on these incidents is asked to call EGRPSD at 616.949.7010.

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