GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Police arrested three teens and continue to search for two more suspects in connection to a burglary at the Woodland Mall.
Authorities were notified around 4:20 a.m. Friday of an alarm trip from the AT&T store inside the Woodland Mall. The suspects were able to get inside the mall by smashing through a door, according to a Kentwood Police Department news release.
Mall security told police they spotted multiple suspects carrying items into a van on the north side of the mall near Macy’s.
When police arrived on scene, officers saw the van leaving the mall, heading west on 28th Street. Officers lost sight of the van near the 2800 block of Chamberlain Street, but set up a perimeter in the area.
Officers were able to find three suspects in the backyard of a house in the 2000 block of Shangrai La Drive SE near Kalamazoo Avenue SE. They also found several items in the backyard, including phones, jewelry and clothes.
Two 15-year-old suspects and a 16-year-old suspect were taken into custody without incident.
The van that was used in the burglary was found south of the Shangrai La Drive address. It was unoccupied and reported stolen to the Kent County Sheriff’s Office.
Police are searching for two more suspects in connection to the case. No suspect descriptions were released Friday afternoon.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Kentwood Police Department Detective Bureau at 616.656.6600 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.
Kentwood Police Department Cpt. Bryan Litwin said authorities are investigating to determine if the suspects are connected to a recent string of cellphone store break-ins in Kent County.
A Woodland Mall spokesperson released the following statement regarding Friday’s incident:
“We are grateful for the fast work of our security firm, Allied Universal, and to Kentwood Police Department, for their quick response to this morning’s break-in. We are cooperating fully with KPD in its investigation and look forward to those responsible for the robberies to be brought to justice.”