GDPS wants public to help find car break-in suspect

By Cory Smith • Last Updated 2:50 pm on Monday, January 30, 2012

A photo from an ATM security camera shows a man using a stolen card at Leppink's Food Center in Belding.

A photo from an ATM security camera shows a man approaching Leppink's Food Center in Belding.

GREENVILLE — Officials from the Greenville Department of Public Safety (GDPS) are looking for information about a male suspect involved in the break-in of a car parked at Metron of Greenville.

Sometime before 7 p.m. Jan. 21, an undisclosed amount of valuables was stolen from a car parked at Metron of Greenville, including an ATM card.

That ATM card was used the same night at an ATM at Leppink’s Food Center in Belding.

The GDPS has released photos taken by the ATM security camera of the male suspect using the card and is asking for any information that could lead to identification of the suspect or his whereabouts.

“We just want to get this information out so we can get any help available in identifying this man,” said GDPS Interim Director Gary Valentine. “We’ve been working with the Belding Police Department, but would like further assistance from the public.”

According to Valentine, the suspect smashed one of the car windows in order to gain access inside the car. Valentine said another car was broken into in the parking lot of Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville on the same night in similar fashion and “could be related” to the break-in at Metron.

In effort to prevent future car break-ins, Valentine said residents should refrain from leaving valuables in their cars, even when locked.

“People shouldn’t leave property in a vehicle that might look attractive to a potential robber,” he said. “Keep your valuables out of sight, preferably out of the car.”

Metron of Greenville Administrator Lisette Schudel said she doesn’t believe much could have been done to prevent the break-in.

“The parking lot is lit up at night and we’ve asked our employees not to go out alone,” she said. “Unfortunately Greenville has had such a rash amount of things like this going on, they hit us because they could. I hope this doesn’t happen to anybody else. You can never predict these kind of things.”

Anyone with information about the whereabouts or identification of the suspect involved is asked to call the GDPS at (616) 754-9161.


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