Stolen vehicle abandoned, burned after string of thefts in Ottawa County

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OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. -- "Tens of thousands" of dollars were stolen after thieves took credit cards and other items from parked vehicles in Georgetown Township, even leaving one of the vehicles burned and abandoned in Kalamazoo.

The Ottawa County Sheriff's Department says it happened overnight into Tuesday morning. Several unlocked vehicles parked in driveways and garages were struck by thieves in the eastern part of Georgetown Township.

Captain Mark Bennett estimates that "tens of thousands" of dollars were lost in the numerous break-ins. Two stolen credit cards were used at stores in the Kalamazoo area.

One of the targeted vehicles was stolen and later found in the Kalamazoo area, burnt.

The targeted streets were seemingly sporadic, Bennett said, and consisted of Thomas Ave, Baldwin St, Carriage Lane, Cedar Crest Drive, and Bauer Road.

Similar crimes were reported last week near Ottawa County. A stolen 2004 Ford Expedition was found engulfed in flames near Allendale High School. A 2004 Volvo was also reported stolen out of the Marne area, and several wallets and electronics were reported missing across several vehicles.

Anybody with information about these break-ins can call police at 616-738-4000 or Silent Observer at 1-877-88SILENT.

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