Gaines Township warns of larceny and car thefts

Thieves are targeting unlocked cars and stealing valuables left inside in Gaines Township.

GAINES TOWNSHIP, MICH. - Two different cars have been stolen from Gaines Township Tuesday night because the keys were left inside the car. Authorities have not yet located them.

Deputy Eric Brunner with the Kent County Sheriff's Office says that that typically, these kinds of crimes are not seen by authorities in full force until the spring and summer months once the weather has warmed up. However, now it's become a crime of opportunity and has been happening several times since February.

"We get to a lot of multi-family housing, large apartment complexes or mobile home communities or large residential areas where we have vehicles parked in driveways or along the street and those present an easy opportunity because these areas are populated," Deputy Brunner says.

"Our suspects can come into the area on foot or park in nearby and simply walk down the street and what they do is they go up to cars and check to see if they're locked or not."

Deputy Brunner advises that If you keep a firearm inside your car to take it inside of your home. He also suggests taking electronics outs of your car, or at the at least, making sure your that neither your devices or their charging cords are visible.

The easiest way to deter a criminal from steal your car or the valuables inside is to lock all your doors, even if you're parking inside of a garage or other enclosed area.

If you have information about the two cars stolen from Gaines Township, or if you see anything suspicious, call the Sheriff's Department at 616-632-6100 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.

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