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Vandals take Utility Vehicle for a joyride, Nappers removed from elevator and Suspicious situation at the bookstore

(Blace Carpenter/The Collegiate)

By Jamie Miller

Vandals take Utility Vehicle for a joyride 

On Aug. 13 at 2:22 p.m., Grand Rapids Community College Police were dispatched to Belknap Park on a report that one of the GRCC sheds had been broken into and that suspects were joyriding in what appeared to be one of the college’s club cars. 

Upon reaching the rear of Griff’s Ice House where the GRCC baseball and softball storage sheds are located, the officer observed that neither shed looked to have been compromised or damaged. The officer then discovered a third shed belonging to the City of Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department with signs of forced entry. He noticed a long metal pipe on the ground near the ramp of the shed which appeared to be the burglary tool used to break off the padlock. A John Deere Gator Utility Vehicle appeared to have been taken from the shed, so the GRCC officer called the Grand Rapids Police Department and explained that the Gator was not owned by GRCC and likely belonged to the Parks and Recreation Department. 

The officer then called the associate director of facility management to explain what had happened and to request a new lock. The two came up with an interim plan of using two other padlocks until proper measures could be taken. 

One of the 14-year-old suspects was later detained by GRPD before being released into the custody of his grandmother.. 

Nappers removed from elevator

On Friday, Aug. 25, at 3:26 p.m., two GRCC Police officers were dispatched to the level six elevators of Ramp A on Bostwick Avenue to deal with two males sleeping in the elevator lobby. The officers arrived on the scene and asked if the males had any identification on them, which they did not. However, upon finding no warrants on the two men, the officers simply told them they could not sleep there and the men left without incident.

Suspicious situation at the bookstore

On Thursday, Aug. 24, at 1:38 p.m., a GRCC Police officer responded to a suspicious occurrence at the GRCC Barnes and Noble bookstore. According to the bookstore employee who called the police, two unknown females approached the checkout counter. One was communicating over the phone with an unknown individual. The employee made multiple attempts to communicate with them only for the two not to say a word and slowly walk away. One of the females had an unknown amount of merchandise on her when the two made their exit. Two GRCC Police officers attempted to find the woman to no avail. The employee noted it was possible the merchandise was a prepaid online order. 

Student falls at intersection

On Monday, Aug. 28, at 8:45 a.m., a GRCC police officer was exiting the GRCC Police Department and witnessed a GRCC student trip and fall while crossing the intersection of Lyon Street NE and Bostwick Avenue NE. The student had been crossing toward Bostwick only to fall while attempting to pick up her water bottle which she had dropped. Upon being asked, the student told the police officer she didn’t require medical attention. The officer got an ice pack for her before walking her to her next class.

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