Local teenager arrested after police find “burglary tools” in home

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WAVERLY TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A 17 year-old was arrested Saturday after police discovered what they are calling “burglary tools” inside his residence.

The teenager was discovered, along with a 13 year-old male that lived in the same residence, after a deputy with the Van Buren Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to an attempted Breaking and Entering at Glendale Grocery Store on M-43 Highway.  The store owner told the deputy that two young men were in his store earlier that evening, indicating the 17 year-old suspect as trying to steal alcohol from the store before being caught by a clerk.

The store owner had security camera footage that was given to the deputy, showing the 17 year-old and 13 year-old returning to the store around 2:15 early Saturday and attempting to break in to the store- it is unknown if they were successful in actually stealing anything.

The responding deputy was able to make contact with the suspects later in the day at a nearby residence.  Police recovered a knife and an assortment of tools inside.  After additional investigation was complete, the 17 year-old was arrested, while the 13 year-old was turned over to his parents, with a copy of the incident report being forwarded to the Van Buren County Juvenile Court as well as the Van Buren County Prosecutor’s Office.

The 17 year-old was arrested on the following charges:

  1. Attempted Breaking and Entering
  2. Possession of Burglary Tools
  3. Retail Fraud


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  • CommonSense

    What a great place to leave the 13 year old. To a parent(s) who is so uninvolved in their kids lives that they are out committing crimes in the middle of the night. The pos parent (s) should have been arrested too for child neglect and endangerment.