On Friday March 27th at approximately 4:00am, Al & Pete’s Sports Shop in downtown Hastings was broken into and several guns were stolen. Later that day the car that was used in the breaking and entering, a stolen 2011 Acura MDX, was recovered in Kentwood. The vehicle was returned to the dealership where it was taken, but was stolen again on Monday March 30, 2020.
The 2011 Acura was observed in Hastings during the early morning hours of April 1, 2020, and followed into the Grand Rapids area where a traffic stop was initiated by the Kent County Sheriff’s Department and ATF. After a short vehicle pursuit and a foot pursuit all 4 of the subjects in the car were apprehended.
Hastings Police Chief Jeff Pratt said three of the subjects who were arrested are suspects in the Al & Pete’s robbery and also suspects in several other similar incidents across the state. It was confirmed, by one of the suspects that the intent of being in Hastings on April 1st was to again break into Al & Pete’s, however, they were scared away by the police.
Reports will be filed with the Barry County Prosecutors office to have the 3 suspects charged in the breaking and entering of Al & Pete’s. Names, and ages, of the suspects are not being released at this time.
Assisting in the investigation was the ATF, Kentwood Police, Grand Rapids Police, SWET and the Kent County Sheriff’s Department.