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My Town: 7 tips to protect your home from spring break predators

My Town: 7 tips to protect your home from spring break predators

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—With spring break fast approaching, many West Michigan families are fine-tuning their travel plans—and so are thieves.

Most West Michigan schools will be out of session April 3-10, so families can take a vacation.  East Grand Rapids Public Safety Director Mark Herald says this is the time homeowners need to step up safety measures.  Herald shares seven ways to make your home less attractive to thieves:

My Town: 10 ways to protect yourself while shopping

My Town: 10 ways to protect yourself while shopping

KENTWOOD, Mich.—As the busiest shopping day of the year approaches, police are offering 10 ways to protect yourself and your vehicle from thieves.

 

Help Eliminate Auto Thefts (H.E.A.T.) works with Michigan law enforcement agencies to track down suspected car thieves and those suspected of auto theft-related insurance fraud.    Shoppers are encouraged to follow these tips:

My Town: More districts to add school resource officers this fall

My Town: More districts to add school resource officers this fall

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Four additional officers from the Kent County Sheriff’s Department will be patrolling the hallways and grounds of West Michigan schools next fall.

The Kent County Board of Commissioners last week approved contracts in which the Kent County Sheriff Department will provide a school resource officer to Byron Center Public Schools, Kent City Community Schools and Kenowa Hills Public Schools.  Lowell Area Schools is working with a community partner to fund a school resource officer and hopes to commit to a contract in the coming weeks.

The SROs will improve school safety by investigating school related incidences and taking a proactive approach to deter violence and crime on campus.

My Town: Potentially costly spoofing scam spreads to Kent County

My Town: Potentially costly spoofing scam spreads to Kent County

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The sheriff department is warning residents about a scam that’s made its way into Kent County.

On June 16, a resident contacted the sheriff department to report a suspicious phone call.  The suspect masked their phone number so it appeared the phone call was coming from the Kent County Sheriff Department.  The predator told the victim the Kent County Sheriff Department had a warrant out for their arrest and they needed to pay hundreds of dollars to take care of the warrant.  The scammer also used an actual sheriff department employee’s name.  Fortunately, the victim thought the call was suspicious and contacted deputies.

Three arrested for as many as 20 break-ins around county

Three arrested for as many as 20 break-ins around county

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Three people have been arrested for as many as 20 business break-ins around West Michigan.

 

The Westland Police Department arrested a person during an in-progress business break-in on May 4. Detectives with Kent County and Wyoming investigated that the suspect was involved in break-ins in Kent County. They were able to identify a second suspect from Wyoming in the break-ins, and later a third suspect from Canton, Michigan.

 

Kent County deputies say that the three have admitted to eight break-ins in Algoma Township, Plainfield Township, and Gaines Township and approximately 12 others in Grandville and Wyoming. The break-ins occurred overnight on March 22-23 and April 25-26.

 

Deputies say that two of the three are currently on parole and all three have a drug habit.

 

More charges over multiple jurisdictions are expected in the next week.

My Town: Investigators release photos of business break-in suspects

My Town: Investigators release photos of business break-in suspects

KENT COUNTY, Mich.--  Kent County deputies are trying to track down the vandals who targeted seven businesses this past weekend.

The crimes happened the night of March 22 at  Styles Salon and BC Pizza on Belmont Center NE,  Carmelo’s Restaurant on 68th Street SE, Subway on Kalamazoo Avenue SE,  and Domino’s Pizza, Hair Tailors and Panacea’s, all on 14 Mile Road NE.

In Belmont, deputies say the suspects broke the glass on the front door of Styles Salon.  The suspects also broke glass at BC Pizza and stole a cash register.

In Gaines Township, investigators say the vandals smashed in the doors at Carmelo’s Restaurant and Subway.

In the Rockford area,  the suspects smashed a window at Domino’s Pizza, broke in through the back door of Hair Tailors and smashed a window at Panacea’s.  Some cash was stolen.

 It’s unclear if all of the crimes are connected. 

My Town Plainfield Township: Business bilked out of $3,500

My Town Plainfield Township: Business bilked out of $3,500

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A scam that is prevalent in the Detroit area has reached West Michigan.

The Kent County Sheriff Department says a Plainfield Township business was bilked out of $3,500  by a scam artist posing as a DTE employee.  The suspect had the business’ account numbers and past and current bill information.  The suspect called the business during the lunchtime rush and said the business was late on making a payment, as their electronic payment had expired.  The suspect said it was necessary to pay them using Green Dot Money Pack prepaid cards to avoid an interruption in their utility service.  The phone number that appeared on the business’ caller ID was also spoofed to resemble the DTE information line for delinquent accounts.