Vandals damage 50 mailboxes in Kent, Ottawa counties

Multiple mailboxes were vandalized along a five-mile stretch across two counties starting on Nov. 22, 2017.

TALLMADGE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Nearly 50 families in Ottawa and Kent counties woke up to an unpleasant Thanksgiving surprise.

Deputies are searching for vandals who damaged approximately 50 mailboxes and some windows with a golf club in the two counties.

Mailboxes along Kenowa Avenue SW, Burton Street SW, Luce Street SW, 8th Avenue NW and Johnson Street NW were targeted Wednesday night into Thanksgiving morning.

Investigators were alerted to the damage early Thursday by someone who noticed the damage outside a home in the 13000 block of 8th Avenue. Deputies say the vandals also used a golf club to break out a window to a van in the 11000 block of Woodgate in Tallmadge Township.

One homeowner came home from an evening out to find a golf club lying by his garage and a hole in a window.

“I was just saying to myself, that’s a weird spot for a golf club,” said Seth VanHorssen. “Come to find out, it hit our garage.”

VanHorssen’s home is along the nearly five-mile stretch on 8th Avenue in Tallmadge Township.

Investigators have not released suspect descriptions or a vehicle description.

Anyone with information leading to the vandals is encouraged to contact the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office at 1.800.249.0911 or Silent Observer at 1.877.88.SILENT.