Thieves hit Jenison Sprint store, Lowell Verizon; 3rd incident thwarted

Ottawa County
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GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Ottawa County deputies are looking for a group of thieves that targeted a Jenison cellphone store.

The crime happened around 3 p.m. Monday at the Sprint store on Baldwin Street near Cottonwood Drive.

Investigators say four or five masked males walked into the store. Two of them flashed handguns during the heist. The group tried to crack the safe but were thwarted by a time delay on the device, according to deputies. Deputies say no one was injured.

The thieves got away with an unknown amount of cash. They were last seen heading east on Baldwin Street towards the expressway in a gold SUV without a license plate.

Later Monday afternoon, Kent County sheriff’s deputies were called to the report of a robbery at the Verizon store on E. Fulton Street west of Alden Nash Avenue in Lowell Township, east of Grand Rapids.

The Kent County Sheriff’s Department says three men robbed the place, then made off in a silver Volkswagen Jetta.

A little later, the manager at a AT&T store on Kalamazoo Avenue SE near 68th Street in Gaines Township reported two men wearing hooded sweatshirts and masks tried to open the locked doors and fled when they couldn’t. They left in a gold GMC SUV — a similar vehicle description to the Jenison robbery.

The manager had locked the doors after learning about the two previous robberies.

It’s not yet known for certain whether any of the robberies were linked.

Anyone with information in this case is encouraged to contact Silent Observer at 1.877.88.SILENT.

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