Three Teens Arrested In String Of Home Invasions

By: John Tramontana Email
By: John Tramontana Email

It's a crime spree that lasted nearly a month and now Ionia County authorities believe they have solved the case.

"We've been experiencing several house burglaries over the last month or so," said Ionia County Sheriff Dwain Dennis. " We have at least three juveniles that we've targeted as being probably responsible for some of those burglaries."

Eight crimes in all ranging from breaking and entering to larceny from autos to unlawfully driving away an automobile. The Ionia County Sheriff's Office and Michigan State Police arrested three suspects, all 15 year old boys.

The alleged crimes took place in rural neighborhoods along the Ionia and Kent County border. Many of the victims, reported stolen property.

"I-pods, musical equipment, a golf cart. Things of that nature," Sheriff Dennis added.

Authorities won't say how the suspects broke into the homes and cars but tell us a citizen witnessed one of the crimes and called 911.

"This came about from an aware citizen saying there's something suspicious going on next door. Our guys responded as a result of a citizen giving us a heads up."

Sheriff Dennis says these types of crimes are not uncommon this time of year. They're often committed by juveniles and often around the time when school breaks for summer.

There's currently no mandated curfew in Ionia County and authorities don't expect that to change. Rather, they're expecting parents to keep on eye on their teens.

"Know where your kids are and what they're doing all the time."

Two of the suspects have been released to their parents. They could face felony home invasion charges.

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