A man police say is responsible for numerous home invasions in the Rockford area, including break-ins as homeowners slept, was sentenced Wednesday to more than nine years in prison.
Corey James VanSuilichem is suspected in up to 19 break-is, attempted break-ins and larcenies from Grandville to Cannon Township.
VanSuilichem was sentenced to between 9¼ and 20 years for two home invasions and 2 to 5 years for receiving and concealing stolen property. The sentences will be served as the same time.
“By far, the most egregious element to these cases is the fact people were home,’’ Kent County Sheriff’s Sgt. Joel Roon said earlier. “He was extremely bold in not discriminating; there didn't appear to be a house that he was afraid to go into.’’
Kent County deputies arrested VanSuilichem last summer after video surveillance from a northern Kent County gas station showed him “attempting to remove fingerprints’’ from a stolen Cadillac, court records show.
That discovery helped Kent County investigators link VanSuilichem to a July 15 home invasion in the city of Grandville in which the Cadillac Escalade was taken along with items from inside the house.
On July 17, the Escalade 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.’’
An Ionia County judge in February, 2017 placed VanSuilichem 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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