HART, Mich. (WZZM) -- Oceana County Sheriff's deputies believe two brothers may be connected to a string of break-ins dating back to 2012.
Saranac resident Michael VanDerLinde, 22, and his older brother, 30-year-old James VanDerLinde of Muskegon were caught this week after a farmer spotted them acting suspiciously in his apple orchard near Stony Lake. When deputies arrived, the two men ran away. Deputies eventually located the men and arrested them.
The VanDerLindes are both charged with a break-in that happened Monday. Lieutenant Craig Mast says they are also investigating a possible link between the brothers and several unsolved burglaries in Oceana County, including one in March when 10 guns, TVs and a customized golf cart were taken from a home just outside Silver Lake.
Deputies believe many of the items that were stolen during the crimes were sold in Newaygo County.
Lt. Mast says the men have been cooperating as the investigation continues.