Consumers Energy crews prepare power poles near the utility’s main Saugatuck-Douglas substation for a scheduled 6-hour outage June 1 to make switch repairs. Saugatuck was illuminated soon thereafter by police strobes. (Photo by Scott Sullivan)

Blackout break-in suspects nabbed

Scott Sullivan
During pursuit, police said, the second suspect intentionally rammed an Allegan County Sheriff’s Department cruiser, then two parked vehicles in the 1000 block of North Maple Street. Two males—one 24, from the Fennville area; the other, 22, from the Holland area—were arrested and charged with multiple felonies.

June came in like a lion during Monday’s scheduled power outage when at least two men took advantage to break into vehicles on Butler Street near Mason Street in downtown Saugatuck.

Consumers Energy announced the planned six-hour blackout in advance, saying it was needed to repair a broken switch on its main Saugatuck-Douglas substation. It started June 1 at midnight.

Police responded to a 12:10 a.m. report to find one suspect hiding in a vehicle. When spotted, he fled on foot.

When another officer tried to stop a car whose driver was acting suspiciously a few blocks away, he fled in that vehicle as well.

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