Vehicle break-ins: How to protect your property

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PLAINFIELD TWP., Mich. (WZZM) - Kent County deputies are investigating a series of vehicle break-ins targeting third shift workers in Plainfield and Cascade Townships.

Based on surveillance video, sheriff's deputies say three series of crimes are connected. 

"Glass was everywhere," says. Brandon Kavorik, whose car was damaged when thieves stole a .40 caliber handgun out of it.

"I was pretty upset... disgusted," he says.

Kavorik and five other employees at Trademark Die & Engineering had their cars broken into March 6;  the very night they thought they stopped thieves from siphoning gas from their tanks.

"We started noticing it, so we went to Meijer and bought lock-in gas caps. The night we put them on, the next night, they couldn't get gas," says Kavorik, who believes that's why the culprits began breaking into their cars.

"There are numerous leads we are following up on. A lot of them [are providing] good information," says  Kent County detective Aron Bowser. 

Det. Bowser believes whoever did this, also broke into another cluster of cars the same night, near some Cascade Township businesses. Det. Bowser says a total of about $5,000 worth of items were stolen.  He says many of the crimes could have been prevented with two simple steps: keeping vehicle doors locked and personal items out of view.

That last step is a mistake Kavorik will never make again.

"I'd like to see them get what they deserve. I'd like to see my gun back," says Kavorik.

Det. Bowser says the crimes are also linked to another series of vehicle break-ins at Trademark Die & Engineering last December. Anyone with information in these cases is asked to call the Kent County Sheriff's Department or Silent Observer.

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