Suspect Arrested After Breaking into The Electric Cheetah

Jameson Balkema

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – On Tuesday October 6th, 2020, at 1:30 AM, deputies from the Kent County Sheriff’s Office responded to The Electric Cheetah located at 6450 28th St SE after multiple residents heard sounds of glass breaking and witnessed a vehicle leaving the parking lot at a high rate of speed.

Upon arrival to the business, deputies noticed that the front window had been smashed out and entry was made into the building. During the investigation, it was discovered that the business’ cash box had been stolen.

Investigators from the KCSO responded to the business and reviewed video surveillance of the incident. The video showed a subject breaking into the business and fleeing in a vehicle that had distinctive characteristics.

Investigators searched for the vehicle in the Grand Rapids area and were able to locate it. A traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle and Jameson Balkema, 49-years-old, was taken into custody. At the time of his arrest, Balkema was driving a stolen vehicle.

Based on records from the Michigan Department of Corrections Jameson Balkema was on parole at the time of his arrest. He has a lengthy criminal records. Balkema has been previously convicted for the following:

  • False Pretenses – $1,000 or More But Less Than $20,000
  • Criminal Enterprise – Conducting
  • Assault with Dangerous Weapon (Felonious Assault)
  • Assault with Dangerous Weapon (Felonious Assault)
  • Breaking and Entering Occupied Building With Intent
  • Asslt w/Intent to Rob & Steal Unarmed

The case was presented to the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office who issued charges on Balkema for breaking and entering and receiving and concealing a stolen vehicle. His bond was set at $20,00 cash or surety.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Detective Saladino at (616) 632-6128 or contact Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345 to remain anonymous.

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