Doorbell security cam leads to Ottawa Co. burglar’s arrest

Ottawa County

BLENDON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — An Ottawa County homeowner is crediting his doorbell security camera for alerting him to a burglar.

It happened in the 5400 block of Stanton Street near 56th Avenue in Blendon Township, northwest of Hudsonville.

The homeowner says it all started when he left car unlocked last weekend.

“It just appears that last week, some change went missing out of my vehicle. So I took it upon myself to install a ring camera alarm system,” said homeowner Nick Vangeest.

A day later, Vangeest got an alert from his new doorbell camera system that someone was on his property while he was at work.

Deputies say Vangeest didn’t recognize the vehicle parked on his property or the man who appeared to be trying to break into his home.

“He was at the front door, you could see him with his hand underneath his T-shirt, messing with the door knob,” Vangeest said. “Obviously there with all the wrong intentions. He was trying to hide his fingerprints.”

Vangeest says he immediately called police.

Deputies say when they got to the scene, they spotted the suspect in the yard, but he ran away.

They called in a K-9 unit, an armored vehicle and tactical teams because they initially suspected he may be armed.

Authorities say they caught suspect, a 38-year-old man, about two-tenths of a mile away from the home, on 56th Avenue. He did not have a weapon, deputies said.

The suspect was taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries he suffered when he fell while running from police, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

Police say the doorbell camera was instrumental in stopping this incident from going further.

“One of the things we do ask is, ‘Do you have home cameras?’ and it’s amazing the amount of people that do have that equipment deployed,” said Capt. Mark Bennett with Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities are withholding the suspect’s name, but say they believe the homeowner and suspect were acquaintances.

The suspect is expected in court for arraignment sometime Tuesday.

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