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My Town: 7 tips to protect your home from spring break predators

My Town: 7 tips to protect your home from spring break predators

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—With spring break fast approaching, many West Michigan families are fine-tuning their travel plans—and so are thieves.

Most West Michigan schools will be out of session April 3-10, so families can take a vacation.  East Grand Rapids Public Safety Director Mark Herald says this is the time homeowners need to step up safety measures.  Herald shares seven ways to make your home less attractive to thieves:

My Town: Man arrested for Kalamazoo jewelry store robbery

My Town: Man arrested for Kalamazoo jewelry store robbery

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A Detroit area man will face charges for a Kalamazoo jewelry store robbery that led to a police chase down Interstate 94.

Public safety officers were called to Nord Jewelers on West Michigan Avenue just before 2 p.m. Monday after the man swiped a Rolex watch from the store.  A store employee says the man acted like a customer and asked to see the watch;  once it was out of the display case, the man snatched up the Rolex and ran out of the business.  The store employee ran after the suspect, who claimed to have a gun.  The worker wrote down the description and plate number of the vehicle the man drove off in and contacted police, who spotted it on I-94 east.  Detective Cory Ghiringhelli followed the vehicle into Battle Creek where Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s deputies and Battle Creek Police took over, stopping the suspect on Beckley Avenue.

My Town: Dogs surprise home intruders

My Town: Dogs surprise home intruders

OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A homeowner’s dogs are being credited for foiling an early morning robbery.

It happened around 4:15 a.m. Monday in the 10000 block of Cadet Lane in Oshtemo Township.  Investigators say the dogs woke up their owner after hearing intruders.  The man found his back sliding glass door open and his furniture had been moved.  The suspects had already run away.

K9s with the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office tried to sniff out the suspects, but could not locate them. Anyone with information in this case is asked to call authorities at (269) 383-8748 or Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100.

My Town: Pair robs Plainsman Motel

My Town: Pair robs Plainsman Motel

SCHOOLCRAFT TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a man and a woman who robbed a motel.

The crime happened around 4:30 a.m. Monday at the Plainsman Motel, off U.S. 131 in Schoolcraft Township.  The man was carrying a gun and the thieves got away with cash.

The man was last seen wearing a tan coat with a bandanna over his face.  He is white and approximately 6’ tall. The woman is also white.  She’s approximately 5’2”, 250 pounds and has several piercings on her face.  The pair was driving a dark blue vehicle.

Anyone with information in this case should contact the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department at (269) 383-8748 or Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100.

My Town: 10 ways to protect yourself while shopping

My Town: 10 ways to protect yourself while shopping

KENTWOOD, Mich.—As the busiest shopping day of the year approaches, police are offering 10 ways to protect yourself and your vehicle from thieves.

 

Help Eliminate Auto Thefts (H.E.A.T.) works with Michigan law enforcement agencies to track down suspected car thieves and those suspected of auto theft-related insurance fraud.    Shoppers are encouraged to follow these tips:

My Town: West Michigan home to three of most dangerous Mich. places

My Town: West Michigan home to three of most dangerous Mich. places

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich.—West Michigan is home to three of the 10 most dangerous places in the state, according to Movoto Real Estate.

The company based its rankings on cities with populations of 10,000 or more that also ranked high in murder, violent crimes, property crimes and total crimes, based on the 2012 FBI Uniform Crime Report.  Flint topped the list, followed by Benton Harbor, Detroit, Highland Park, Muskegon Heights, Harper Woods, Inkster, Flint Township, Ypsilanti and Kalamazoo. Grand Rapids came in at No. 16, Holland ranked 26th,  Walker took 32nd place, Grandville ranked 41st, Norton Shores landed at No. 42, Kalamazoo Township was 45th and Grand Haven came in at No. 50 among the 102 qualified communities.  To see the entire list, visit Movoto’s website here.

My Town Kalamazoo: Second man convicted in laundromat murder

My Town Kalamazoo: Second man convicted in laundromat murder

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The family of a Kalamazoo man who was murdered at work seven years ago, is finally getting closure.

In Aug. 7, 2007, Daniel McNeil was stabbed to death during a robbery at Stadium Discount Laundry.  Next month, Roderique Rolark will be sentenced in the case. He pleaded guilty to second degree murder last week.

In 2008, Christopher Levitt was convicted of felony murder in connection to McNeil’s death.  He’s now serving mandatory life in prison.