Since July of this year, the Kent County Sheriff’s Office has seen a dramatic increase in the number of business break-ins in the Plainfield, Alpine and Grand Rapids Township areas. Investigators estimated that approximately 50 of those break-ins could be related based on method of operation, time of day, property targeted, and type of business.
On October 21, the Grandville Police Department responded to an alarm drop at Belle Tire on 28th Street SW. Grandville officers arrested a 32-year-old Plainfield Township man for breaking into the business. During the early morning hours of October 21, Kent County Sheriff’s investigators interviewed the suspect and he confessed to approximately 35 of the Kent County break-ins. It is believed he is responsible for several more burglaries, which could total more than 50 businesses in the Grand Rapids, Grandville, Walker and Kent County jurisdictions. It is also believed that suspect was supporting a drug habit by committing the break-ins.
The suspect was arraigned in the 63 District Court on Friday, Oct. 22.