17-year-old arrested in Purple East break-in

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A 17-year-old has been arrested after a Grand Rapids business was broken into early Sunday morning.

Police say three people broke into Purple East on Plainfield Avenue NE near Eleanor Street NE around 4 a.m.

Officers say witness told them they saw the group exit an SUV and break into the tobacco shop. Police say glass was broken and several items were taken.

GRPD officers called off a chase of the suspect vehicle due to unsafe levels of speed.

Sunday evening, police said a 17-year-old boy was arrested in the incident. They say the suspect vehicle used was stolen from a local car dealership and was used during another breaking and entering incident. The vehicle was found around 11:30 a.m. in a hotel parking lot near 28th Street and the East Beltline.

The suspect was arrested after police conducted surveillance. They say the suspect had the stolen car’s keys and evidence in both breaking and entering incidents.

The suspect is being held at the Kent County Correctional Facility on several charges.

This incident is still under investigation by the GRPD.

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