Suspects caught after wave of Orleans Township larcenies

By Cory Smith • Last Updated 10:45 am on Monday, July 09, 2012

ORLEANS TOWNSHIP — After responding to more than 20 reported larcenies near Long Lake throughout the past few weeks, the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office has identified several persons responsible for the recent crime spree.

According to Undersheriff Dale Miller, the sheriff’s office responded to 12 reports of larceny and two reports of breaking and entering on July 2 and 3, while the Michigan State Police have also responded to several reports of larcenies.

Miller could not speculate as to whether all suspects involved had been apprehended, but said “the investigation is ongoing.”

“We’re encouraging people in the area to contact the sheriff’s office with any information,” he said. We’ve already received many phone calls from victims and encourage everyone to keep calling.”

Items that were stolen include computers, GPS devices, radar detectors and tools, which were stolen from vehicles and garages.

According to Miller, many of the items were taken from vehicles and garages which were not locked.

“These are thefts of convenience,” Miller said. “We’re advising people to lock their doors, especially at night. These thieves have been going around checking vehicles and taking items that are available.

Miller advised residents to “watch for people that don’t belong” in the area.

“That’s what these people capitalized on, that everybody felt comfortable.”

Miller said deputies will be keeping a closer eye on the area, specifically at night.

To make a report or to identify the recovered stolen property, contact deputy Chad Bustraan of the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office at (616) 527-5737, extension 567.

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