Suspects arrested after a rash of vehicle break-ins around Battle Creek

Suspects arrested after a rash of vehicle break-ins around Battle Creek.

Battle Creek Police are investigating a rash of car break-ins that happened in the daylight hours outside of businesses off Beckley Rd. and Helmer Rd. over the weekend.

Newschannel 3's Christine VanTimmeren talked with police who said one of the break-ins happened at the Starbucks. Others happened at the Meijer, Sam’s Club, Best Buy and businesses in the Beckley Rd. area.

The suspects busted car windows and took items from inside in during daylight hours.

A picture of one of several vehicles broken into in Battle Creek shared on early Sunday morning showed the shattered glass and personal items missing.

Battle Creek Police Lt. Jim Martens said, “Purses, camping equipment, headphones.”

Police were called to the Sam's Club on Beckley Rd. after one victim called 911. Other break-ins were discovered in the same area and at the First Weslyan Church on Helmer Rd.

Martens said, “Officers looked at some video and were able to get a description of a vehicle and a possible suspect.”

The suspect's vehicle was quickly spotted outside a gas station on Columbia Ave. and 20th St. where property was recovered and two people were arrested.

Martens said, “We also located possible drugs in the vehicle as well.”

Ricardo Martinez and Aja Cervantes-Bradd were charged for possession of methamphetamine.

Cervantes-Bradd was also charged with stealing a purse and using a stolen credit card.

Martinez has a lengthy criminal history, including four prior felonies and 21 prior misdemeanors.

Martinez is being held on $31,000 bond and Cervantes-Bradd is being held on a $5,000 bond.

The Calhoun County Prosecutor's Office anticipates more charges related to the car break-ins.

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