Police investigate possible break-in at Beltline Bar

Grand Rapids

A photo of a broken stained glass window at the Beltline Bar in Grand Rapids on Sept. 30, 2020. (Courtesy: @Beltlinebar on Facebook)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Police are investigating a possible break-in at a popular Grand Rapids restaurant that reportedly caused thousands of dollars in damage.

Grand Rapids Police Department Lt. Terry Dixon told News 8 that shortly before 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, officers were called to investigate an intrusion alarm at the Beltline Bar, located at the intersection of Division Avenue and 28th Street SE.

While nothing was stolen, the incident caused $5,000 in damage to a stained glass window and the restaurant’s curbside pickup station, according to a post on the Beltline Bar’s Facebook page.

A photo of a broken stained glass window at the Beltline Bar in Grand Rapids on Sept. 30, 2020. (Courtesy: @Beltlinebar on Facebook)

Similar crimes have been happening all year. Shops along 28th Street and Alpine Avenue have been popular targets, with car dealerships bearing the brunt of the thefts. The thieves smash their way in — sometimes using a vehicle to ram through a garage door — grab the keys to cars on the lot and then take off. Stolen cars from dealerships have then been used in joyrides or in other smash-and-grabs.

Last week, windows were smashed at three restaurants in Grand Rapids. It’s unclear if the incidents were related.

If you know anything about the incident, call GRPD at 616.456.3400 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345. The Beltline Bar said it’s offering a $500 reward for information on the case.

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