Kentwood Police Search for Serial Car Burglar Wanted for Stealing Gun
Police are asking for help identifying a man wanted for multiple vehicle break-ins in the Kentwood area.
WZZM-13 reports that during one of the break-ins, a gun was stolen. The theft happened on July 10, 2021 around 12:15 a.m. in the area of 52nd and East Paris.
Silent Observer is a offering a $1,000 reward for info on the suspect that leads to an arrest.
According to WZZM-13 police believe the same man is responsible for the following car break-ins:
- 6/16/2021, 3:54 AM Jamestown Dr SE (Princeton Estates)
- 6/11/2021 at 3:30 AM Pembroke St SE (Princeton Estates)
- 1/3/2021 at 12:21 AM Jamestown Dr SE (Princeton Estates)
- 9/23/2020 Bayham Dr SE
- 9/17/2020 Rum Creek Dr SE
The victim who is offering the reward tells WZZM-13,
This man needs to be stopped. I am very concerned he has stolen a gun. People know who he is, and he needs to be identified because he has preyed on our community for such a long time. Even though he must realize he’s being video taped and outside lights are on, his boldness is very concerning.
Video of the July 10 break-in was captured by ring camera, which you can watch here.
Anyone with information should contact Silent Observer at 616-774-2345 or silentobserver.org.
The City of Kentwood offers the below tips for deterring vehicle break-ins:
- Lock your car.
- Completely close car windows when parking. Don't make it any easier for the thief to enter your vehicle.
- Park in well-lighted areas. Always be aware and take note of where you are parking.
- Don't leave valuables in plain view. If you can see them, so can thieves. This includes charging cables that indicate expensive electronics may be in the vehicle.