Press release date: Mon Jul 7th, 2014
On July 4, 2014 at 5:46 a.m. the Holland Department of Public Safety received a report of a stolen vehicle which was taken from a residence in the 200 block of East 14th Street. The vehicle, a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix, had been parked in the owner’s driveway and had been stolen some time during the night.
At about 2:11 p.m. a deputy from the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office spotted the stolen vehicle on US31 near Lakewood after an alert citizen reported the vehicle being operated by a juvenile who appeared too young to be driving. The Deputy followed the stolen vehicle until a traffic stop was initiated by Holland City Officers and Ottawa County Deputies by US31 and Washington Ave.
The occupants, two juvenile subjects, a 14 year old driver and a 13 year old passenger, both of Holland, were taken into custody without incident. During the investigation it was learned that there was a 2nd stolen vehicle in which the occupants were connected to the occupants of the Grand Prix.
Officers located the 2nd stolen vehicle in the parking lot of the Burger King, 735 Michigan Ave., in Holland. This vehicle, a 1999 Ford Contour, was unoccupied when located and had been reported stolen on July 2nd 2014 out of Park Twp in Ottawa County.
As HDPS Officers began to set up a perimeter an officer spotted 3 individuals running from the area. After a brief foot chase two of the subjects, who had been the passengers, stopped after being ordered to do so and were taken into custody. A K9 track for the driver was done but was unsuccessful.
The two juveniles apprehended were a 13 and 14 year old, both of Holland Twp. Officers are continuing to attempt to determine the identity of the driver, who is believed to also be a juvenile. No names will be released as all the individuals taken into custody are juveniles.
Anyone who has information about this case is urged to contact the Holland Department of Public Safety at (616) 355-1100 or the detectives at 355-1150. Persons also may email investigators at firstname.lastname@example.org . For persons wishing to remain anonymous they may call Silent Observer at 1-877-887-4536 or they may visit the SO website at http://mosotips.com to submit an e-tip.