UNDATED (WHTC) - Ottawa County Sheriff’s Deputies are dealing with two separate acts of vandalism this past weekend – one done by apparent teenaged pranksters, the other by what appeared to be trained professionals.
According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Robert Tease, patrolling deputies at the 8th Avenue Park in Jenison just after midnight on Saturday spotted three boys wandering in the closed man-made facility. It was discovered that three surveillance cameras and three sprinkler heads were damaged to an estimated total of 13 hundred dollars. Two of the boys allegedly admitted their guilt and were turned over to the custody of their parents pending juvenile court action.
Meanwhile, the owner of a Spring Lake used car dealership claims that pros were behind the theft of two dozen tires from six parked vehicles at his Cleveland Street lot on Monday morning. Larry Draeger told detectives that evidence pointed to perhaps even more rubber being targeted before the suspects were apparently startled and fled, and estimated that his loss was around 20 thousand dollars. Investigators believe that this incident may be related to the break-in of an Apple Drive dealership in Nunica last Thursday. No suspects are in custody, and any tips to the Sheriff’s Department or Silent Observer (877-88-SILENT; http://mosotips.com) are welcome.