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Mich. police say they nabbed 'pillowcase' burglars

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[September 19, 2009]  GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) -- Police in southwestern Michigan say they have put to bed the case of the "pillowcase" burglaries.

Over a period of months, burglars stole cash, money jars and jewelry from more than 25 homes in Ottawa, Muskegon and Newaygo counties. Each time they took a pillowcase off a bed to carry the loot.

Authorities say the thieves sometimes targeted homes of people who were attending funerals.

Police finally cracked the case this week after a state trooper found evidence at an Ottawa County crime scene that put them on the suspects' trail.

The suspects were arrested after a woman in Muskegon County called police upon finding a cigarette butt on her kitchen floor and jewelry and a pillowcase missing.

The suspects are expected to be arraigned Friday.

[Associated Press]

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