GRAND HAVEN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) - Police are investigating several business break-ins that have occurred in Ottawa County since mid-May that may be connected.
According to officials, there have been around 30 to 35 robberies over the last few months in Holland, Zeeland, Holland Township and Jenison.
The most recent break-ins happened in the area of U.S. 31 and Ferris in Grand Haven Townshipon Saturday morning.
In two of the robberies, safes were broken into and cash was removed. In other businesses, cash and small electronic items were taken.
Deputies were notified of the robbery when an alarm from the New Creation Coffee Company in Grand Haven went off at around 3:45 a.m. Saturday. The suspects had already left the scene by the time deputies arrived.
However, deputies then discovered that Mancino's Pizza and Subs, Plantenga's Cleaners and Aquarios Hair Salon within that strip mall were also broken into.
"I never thought this would happen here, never. I feel so safe in this community I could leave the doors open I really mean that. This is just a wake up call," said John Weenum, owner of Mancino's.
"They weren't shy about it, they just took a hammer to the front door and released the lever and came on in," Weenum said.
Police said they believe this group is connected to other break-ins all over the county. One clue they said is a sweatshirt one of the people is wearing. Police said they have seen it in other surveillance images from break-ins.
Weenum said this incident has taught him something.
"We felt that in this area that our security measures were good and they showed me that they weren't."
At Mancino's the burglars broke into both cash registers, took money from the employee tip jar and then went into the back office and broke open the safe.
"The more I watch the video the more anger I get to know that they just feel comfortable roaming around my business at three in the morning," said Weenum.
Weenum said this has also shown him how compassionate the community is.
"We have many many good days in this community its a tight knit community that has been very supportive of our business they've been supportive of us going through this and we're going to get better because of it."
Shortly after deputies discovered the businesses along U.S 31, they learned that Green Acres Business, located at 15971 Lake Michigan Drive, was also burglarized.
Now police and business owners are hoping the public may be able to help.
"Many eyes can help fix this. It really can. The officers right now need a lot of peoples help with this," said Weenum.
Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Silent Observer at 877.88.SILENT (745386).
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