Police credit GPS for tracking down Grand Rapids church thieves

Comunidad Cristiana de Grand Rapids
A Nov. 29, 2016 photo of Comunidad Cristiana de Grand Rapids church on 28th Street SE, which was targeted by burglars.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Police say a stolen device with GPS helped them track down three teens suspected of breaking into a Grand Rapids church.

Officers received a call around 9:15 a.m. Tuesday about a burglary at Comunidad Cristiana de Grand Rapids, located in the 900 block of 28th Street SE. When police arrived, they found the church had been vandalized and property was missing.

Using the GPS in one of the stolen items, officers tracked the trio of suspects to a fast food restaurant along the same street. Police say the found the stolen property with the 14-year-old and two 16-year-old suspects.

All three teenagers were arrested and charged with burglary. One of the teens was also charged with resisting and obstructing, after allegedly fighting police.

The GRPD says all of the stolen property has been returned to the church.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with additional information in this case is encouraged to call Grand Rapids police at 616.456.3400 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.