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Mechanic, and car, disappear

A 23-year-old Hastings man came into the Barry County Sheriff's Office Sept. 22 to report a missing vehicle. The man said he had a Honda Civic transported to a 40-year-old man's house on Maple Grove Road near Charlton Park Road in Baltimore Township sometime in October 2018. The man said he took it there to have the vehicle fixed, and asked the 40-year-old to fix it when he had some time. Months later, he attempted to contact the 40-year-old and found his number was disconnected, he had moved away and the car was gone. The officer contacted the 40-year-old's mother at the property who said she was not sure where her son had moved. The investigation is closed.


No signs of forced entry in theft of $2,156

A 78-year-old Holland man called police Sept. 25 to report the theft of more than $2,000 in cash from his lake home in the 5000 block of Thornapple Lake Road in Castleton Township. The man said some time in the last 10 days someone took a bag from on top the kitchen refrigerator that contained $2,156 in cash and a $700 check to him. There were no signs of forced entry. The investigation is ongoing.


Maple Valley vandalize donation building

Police were called to Fuller Street Elementary in Nashville for a vandalized building at 9:20 a.m. Sept. 21. A volunteer found the door of the building had been pulled open and the inside had been ransacked. The building is used to hold clothes and other items donated to students by the community. A section of the wall was damaged and another section had been spray painted, but nothing of major value had been broken. The case is inactive pending additional information.


Marijuana left in the road

Officers were dispatched to marijuana plants in the road in the 4000 block of Whispering Hill Lane in Irving Township at 8:47 a.m. Sept. 27. When officers arrived, they found multiple plants scattered in the road and in the ditch, which was filled three brown paper bags. The marijuana was taken to be destroyed.


Mother accuses daughter of piggy bank theft

A 48-year-old woman called police at 6:43 p.m. Aug. 27, to report her daughter stole $200 and a cell phone from her residence in the 6000 block of Arrowhead Trail in Thornapple Township. The woman said her daughter, 26, of Wayland, used her key to enter the house and take a piggy bank with $200 and an LG cell phone. But the woman did not know how to locate her daughter, and has been unable to contact her. The case remains under investigation.


Walmart thief tracked by employee

An officer was dispatched to Walmart in Hastings on a report of a customer stealing at 3:52 p.m. Sept. 27. An asset protection associate said she saw a man putting merchandise in his pockets. She watched him at the counter and saw he did not pay for the items. When she confronted him, he ran away, but she wrote down his license plate number. When the officer went to the 44-year-old man's house in Thornapple Township, he did not come to the door. The investigation is ongoing.


Over $5,000 in tools turns up missing

A 57-year-old Nashville man called police Sept. 8, to report the theft of more than $5,000 worth of tools from his residence in the 2000 block of East Bristol Road over the past month and a half. The man said he had been working on the house and had the tools out, and they started to go missing. He told police he suspected his 52-year-old neighbor of taking the tools. When the officer talked to the neighbor, he allowed the officer to search his property; none of the items were found. The case is inactive without further information.

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