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South Haven police identify group of suspects in car break-ins

SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - South Haven Police have identified a group of suspects they say are responsible for nearly 50 car break-ins.

Officers made contact with the suspects overnight and are now questioning them.

Police have been investigating dozens of car break-ins over the past several months, and they say adding extra foot patrols in the neighborhoods has helped them now identify some suspects.

"There is no pattern to speak of other than it's been happening at night or early morning hours," said Sgt. Kyle Griffith, with South Haven Police.

Police tell Newschannel 3 that it's taken several months of leg work, following nearly 50 car break-ins throughout the township and city.

"Grab and go, cash, and electronics, loose lying cell phones and electronics," Sgt. Griffith explained.

The thefts prompted the department to put extra cars on the road, covering a 20 mile radius, and keeping a close eye on these residential areas.

"We have upped our foot patrol in neighborhoods, which increased the odds of catching them and showing the neighborhoods we are watching and paying attention," said Sgt. Griffith.

A police officer discovered the suspects in a neighborhood overnight.

They say the group of suspects includes both juveniles and adults.

While this investigation is still on-going, the department expects anywhere from 4 to 6 arrests.

"We have identified them questioned them we have not taken anyone into custody, we want to submit the investigation as a whole," Sgt. Griffith said.

The sergeant also offered a reminder to not make yourself a victim of opportunity.

"If it's not locked down or chained down, it's an easy target to be stolen, definitely lock your cars at night," he said.

Police say they will continue interviewing witnesses. They're hoping for several charges sometime next week.