Shortly after 3 a.m., police responded to the 200 block of Sherman Avenue to investigate a report of four men in dark clothing breaking into vehicles, according to Grand Haven Public Safety Director Jeff Hawke. When they arrived, officers saw three stolen vehicles leaving the area.
Two of the vehicles — a 2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser and a 1998 Honda Civic — crashed into each other. The FJ Cruiser then sped away, while the driver of the Civic was apprehended after a foot chase.
Hawke said Thursday that the FJ Cruiser is now believed to be south of St. Joseph County, based on recovered evidence.
The third vehicle, a 2013 Ford pickup truck, was pursued through Grand Haven and Holland. Officers from the Holland Department of Public Safety joined the chase in Holland, where they deployed stop sticks, which flattened at least one of the truck’s tires. The flat tire eventually forced the truck to stop in Allegan County. The suspects then fled on foot.
Officers from the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, Holland Department of Public Safety and the Allegan County Sheriff’s Office also participated in the chase.
Police described the suspects as four males wearing dark clothing. No further description is available.
The incidents remain under investigation.
Owners of two of the vehicles reported that they had left the keys in their cars overnight, prompting the following advice from Hawke: "Never leave keys in your vehicle and always lock it.”
At the same time as officers were responding to the report of suspects breaking into vehicles, the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety responded to a house fire in the 1100 block of Columbus Avenue. The fire, located on the north exterior wall of the home, was quickly extinguished and is believed to be electrical in nature.
Grand Haven Township Fire/Rescue and North Ottawa Community Hospital paramedics assisted at the scene.