Burglars target more phone stores in Kent, Ottawa counties

Kent County

Authorities investigate a break-in at the Verizon Wireless store in Byron Center Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019.

BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities are investigating two more break-ins at cellphone stores in Kent and Ottawa counties.

The Kent County Sheriff’s Department confirmed Tuesday’s first crime happened around 6 a.m. Tuesday at the Verizon Wireless store on Byron Center Avenue SW near 84th Street in Byron Center.

A News 8 crew on scene said one of the front glass doors was shattered. At this time, it’s unknown if any items were stolen.

About a half hour later, burglars smashed a glass front window at the T-Mobile Store on Lake Michigan Drive in Allendale. The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office says it doesn’t appear the suspects got away with anything because the store’s cellphones were secured in another location.

The two crimes come as authorities are investigating a series of break-ins and a robbery at cellphone stores in Kent and Ottawa counties over the past few days. In the case of the Verizon Wireless Store in Jenison, deputies say thieves took off with approximately $1,600 worth of cellphones.

Ottawa County deputies believe the Allendale break-in is connected to the other cases.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Silent Observer at 616.774.2345 or 1.877.88.SILENT.

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