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Cell Phone Store Burglaries

August 12th, 2019 4:21 pm

Contact: Sgt. Joel Roon - 616.632.6106
Email: joel.roon@kentcountymi.gov
Supervisor Approval: Sgt. Roon 
Case Number:  19-142453
Incident Type: Breaking and Entering 

KENT COUNTY, Mich:  We have seen an uptick in the number of cell phone store burglaries over the past weekend.  The KCSO responded to 5 such burglaries between Saturday August 10 and Monday August 12.  The following stores were targetted:

Saturday 8/10 into Sunday 8/11

  • Verizon Store - Caledonia Township
  • Verizon Store - Lowell Township 
  • Verizon Store - Plainfield Township  

Sunday 8/11 into Monday 8/12

  • AT&T Store - Algoma Township 
  • Sprint Store - Plainfield Township 

Forced entry was a common factor in each of the break-ins and cell phones appeared to be the primary target.  At this time, it appears that the stolen property includes several display phones and some phone accessories, however, some of the retailers secured their phones at night, and as a result nothing was taken from those particular locations.  

In each of the break-ins, the stores were entered by as few as 1 and as many as 4 individuals.  Investigators believe that the break-ins are likely connected, and are communicating with neighboring agencies about the possibility of connected break-ins outside of Kent County.

Surveillance photos from a couple of the break-ins have been included below.  If you have any information regarding the identity of any of the suspects, please contact Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.