Leelanau County Police Looking for Potential Theft Suspect

Police are investigating several different thefts from unlocked cars Tuesday night in Leelanau County.

Seven different incidents were reported in the Timberlee area.  Police say several unlocked cars had items like loose change, cash and prescription drugs stolen.

Another incident happened around 1:00 a.m. Wednesday in Suttons Bay.

Police were called for a male hanging around a home and possibly breaking into a car.

When the Sheriff’s Sergeant confronted him, the man said he was just out for a run. When questioned further, the suspect pushed the officer and took off running.

The Sheriff’s Office says these two cases are unrelated.

Both suspects could be charged with breaking and entering and stealing items from the cars.

The second suspect could also be charged for assaulting an officer.

Now, communities are concerned.

“We will be more aware and we will start locking up more,” said David Spray, lives on South Shore Drive.

David Spray and his wife have lived in Leelanau County for more than 30 years. These incidents came as a shock to them.

“We have a very quiet community around here, very good law enforcement and I was very surprised,” said Spray.

Locking doors especially his car doors has never been a top priority.

“We don’t feel like it’s necessary,” said Spray. “Again, it’s always been a safe place and we’ve never had a break in.”

And even people visiting for the summer find it hard to believe the break ins.

“People know each other and everybody seems like they’re nice people” said Lois Jimenez, lives in Leelanau County. “I just assume people are good people up here.”

But, both agree they still feel safe.

“I’m expecting this to be just a rare occurrence,” said Jimenez.

Police are still looking for that man.

He is described as a white male, between 20 to 25-years-old, anywhere from 5’10” to 6’0″ tall.

He was last seen wearing a gray sweat jacket and gray and white shorts.

If you have any information call the Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office confidential tip line at 231-256-8696 or email tips@co.leelanau.mi.us.