Juveniles arrested in cellphone, computer store break-ins

Kent County
wyoming gowireless cellphone store break-in

Broken glass at the GoWireless cellphone store in Wyoming on Sept. 26, 2019.

WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — Police say a cellphone store burglary in Wyoming Thursday morning was linked to a break-in at a nearby computer store the day before.

The Thursday break-in happened around 3:15 a.m. at GoWireless, a Verizon store, in the 1600 block of 28th Street SW near Burlingame Avenue SW. The Wyoming Department of Public Safety said when officers arrived, they found some items had been stolen.

A short time before authorities were made aware of the alarm, an officer stopped a car for “suspicious activity.” The car drove away. The officer did not chase the vehicle but got information to investigate further. Investigators later determined that stop was linked to the break-in.

Police say the break-in at the cellphone store was connected to a burglary at Fortitude Computers less than a block away on Wednesday.

Two juveniles have been arrested in connection to the break-ins, police said Thursday afternoon.

West Michigan is seeing a spike in cellphone thefts. The Kent County Sheriff’s Department says most of the incidents are connected. Investigators believe multiple groups of teenagers are working together to commit these crimes.

Wyoming police said they were not yet prepared to say Thursday’s burglary and the computer store break-in were linked to the other incidents, though they noted “it is not lost on us that the method of operation is similar.” They said they were working with other agencies.

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