Suspect in Rockford area break-ins has lengthy criminal past

Cannon thief formally charged

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - A man who served time for several home break-ins in Kent and Ottawa counties is back behind bars, charged with riding around in a Cadillac Escalade that was stolen over the weekend.

Corey James VanSuilichem was arrested after video surveillance from a northern Kent County gas station showed him “attempting to remove fingerprints’’ from the stolen Cadillac, court records show.

His criminal past includes numerous property crimes in Kentwood, Wyoming and Georgetown Township that put him in prison for nearly a decade.

VanSuilichem has an Aug. 2 court appearance for receiving and concealing stolen property, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

That could be the least of his worries, however. VanSuilichem is a suspect in numerous home invasion cases in the Bostwick Lake area of Kent County’s Cannon Township. He has not been charged in those cases, however.

Kent County investigators linked VanSuilichem, 32, to a Saturday home invasion in the city of Grandville. The victim reported his Cadillac Escalade had been stolen along with additional property from inside his home.

On Monday, the stolen Cadillac was found at a Marathon gas station on Old 14 Mile Road NE in northeast Kent County, which is about 13 miles from VanSuilichem’s home in Belding.

“Video surveillance from the store was reviewed and Corey VanSuilichem was seen exiting the Cadillac Escalade when it was abandon (sic) in the parking lot,’’ according to a probable cause affidavit. “Surveillance video shows VanSuilichem wiping the vehicle down, attempting to remove fingerprints or other forensic evidence as he exited the vehicle.’’

VanSuilichem is being held on a $100,000 bond for the receiving and concealing charge and $25,000 for a probation violation out of Ionia County.

An Ionia County judge in February placed him on probation for three years for maintaining a drug house. It stems from an October, 2016 arrest in Belding involving marijuana.

VanSuilichem was discharged from the state Department of Corrections in Oct. 2012 after serving time for multiple property crimes in Kent and Ottawa counties.

Offenses include a July, 2002 break-in at a home on Canal Avenue north of 52nd Street SW in Wyoming. He was also charged with two home break-ins in Kentwood. In exchange for his guilty plea to the Wyoming home invasion, the two Kentwood cases were dismissed.

He has three home invasion convictions in Ottawa County. Police arrested him after blood found near where a DVD player had been taken from a motor home matched VanSuilichem’s DNA. 

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