Authorities: Car thefts, arson, larcenies are linked

Two cars stolen near Allendale, one of which was set on fire

ALLENDALE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities in Ottawa County say several larcenies and two car thefts, including one in which the vehicle was set on fire, are related, and they’re looking for the people responsible.

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office says it started investigating around 6:25 a.m. Sunday when emergency responders were called to a vehicle fire in a wooded area south of Allendale High School. When crews got to the scene, they found a 2004 Ford Expedition had gone up in flames. The SUV is a total loss.

The owner of the SUV, who lives along Deer Run off of Linden Drive in nearby Tallmadge Township, told deputies that it had been stolen overnight.

The sheriff’s office then got several reports of larcenies from motor vehicles and an attempted home invasion on River Hills Drive, not far from where the SUV was stolen.

Around 10:40 a.m. Sunday, deputies were informed of a second car theft from a home on 64th Avenue, which is near the high school where the SUV was set on fire. In that case, a 2004 Volvo S60 was stolen. The license place of that sedan, a gray or silver four-door, is DFF0826.

Authorities think the larcenies, car thefts and arson are all related. Anyone with information about any of the incidents is asked to call the Ottawa County tip line at 616.738.4687 or Silent Observer at 877.887.4536. You can also text a tip with the keyword OCMTIP to 274637.

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