Stolen car from Kent Co. dealership used in burglary

ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) – The Kent County Sheriff’s Office is looking for at least three people who broke into a car dealership and stole five vehicles, including one used in a Muskegon County crime.

Deputies say they linked an abandoned vehicle found driving in the parking lot of Northview High School to a car dealership on 14 Mile Road in Algoma Township. Deputies who visited the dealership discovered that someone had smashed a window in the business and taken five vehicles overnight.

One of these stolen vehicles was used in a robbery in Muskegon Township and a police chase that ended in Ottawa County.

Deputies recovered another stolen vehicle in the 3000 block of Creek Dr. SE near Shaffer Avenue and 36th Street in Kentwood. Two other stolen vehicles were discovered approximately 3 miles away in the 2400 block of Normandy Dr. SE in Grand Rapids.

The sheriff’s office calls the rise in vehicle thefts “disturbing.”

“Vehicle theft is a property crime. However, in many cases, these vehicles are used to commit homicides, shootings, armed robberies, gun store robberies and other dangerous crimes,” the agency said in a press release. Thursday.

The Kent County Sheriff’s Office is calling on car dealerships and auto repair shops to remember to lock vehicle keys overnight in a location that is not visible.

Anyone with information in this case is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 616.632.6125 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.

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