GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Two local police detectives, who helped solve a high profile murder case, are the winners of a statewide auto-theft prevention award.
Tuesday, the group Help Eliminate Auto Thefts or HEAT presented detectives Pam Keen and Mike Coval with the Investigator of the Year award. They solved two auto theft cases that led homicide detectives to the suspect in a double murder case from 2013.
Javonte Higgins was eventually arrested in Chicago and later found guilty in the murders of David and Vivian Bouwman of Kentwood.
"Auto theft crimes are not isolated incidents. It took those two detectives piecing together information that they had on a previous auto theft case, and turning it over to the homicide team. It not only solved the auto theft cases but it solved the homicides as well," said Terri Miller, executive director of HEAT.