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Police: Holland runaway responsible for graffiti spree

8:33 AM, Apr 3, 2013   |    comments
  • The Holland Department of Public Safety believes the teenager is responsible for more than a dozen cases of vandalism. Photo courtesy: Holland Department of Public Safety
  • The Holland Department of Public Safety believes the teenager is responsible for more than a dozen cases of vandalism. Photo courtesy: Holland Department of Public Safety
  • The Holland Department of Public Safety believes the teenager is responsible for more than a dozen cases of vandalism. Photo courtesy: Holland Department of Public Safety
    
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HOLLAND, Mich. - Police say runaway teenager, arrested for breaking into a Holland business, may be responsible for graffiti at more than a dozen other businesses.

Officers discovered a broken window at a facility in the 500 block of East 16th Street around 3:30 a.m. on April 1. With the help of Ottawa County deputies, authorities surrounded the building and began searching for suspects. Officers found a 16-year-old boy inside the business, as well as fresh graffiti. The teenager was arrested on charges of illegal entry and malicious destruction of property.

Public safety officers believe the teenager is connected to approximately 13 other graffiti complaints from businesses along South Washington Avenue over the weekend. Investigators believe the crimes are not gang related.

Anyone with additional information in these crimes is asked to call the Holland Department of Public Safety at (616) 355-1100 or Silent Observer at 877-88-SILENT.

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