Police searching for man who stole car

Same suspect may have led Warren police on a high-speed chase

By: Andy Kozlowski | C&G Newspapers | Published March 9, 2018

MADISON HEIGHTS — Police are looking for a suspect who stole a vehicle in Madison Heights while it was left unattended with the engine running. The culprit might be the same person who led Warren police on a high-speed chase the same day.

The incidents occurred Feb. 27, starting in Warren around noon. Warren police attempted to pull over a speeding black Honda on Martin Road, near Mound Road. When the officer tried to conduct a traffic stop, the suspect vehicle sped away. The suspect drove at high speeds for several minutes before slipping through a neighborhood in Madison Heights.

The suspect continued to drive at high speeds, heading westbound on Christine Terrace, driving between two homes on that street and plowing through a fence. Warren police lost track of the suspect and called off the search, but they described him as a white man in his 30s, nearly bald, with a medium build.

Around this time, a gold 1997 Mercury Mystique was stolen from in front of a home. Police did not say where it was stolen. The woman who owns the car had left it idling in the driveway while she stepped back inside her home briefly to retrieve her purse. The license plate is DPP 283.

The black Honda was later recovered near 11 Mile and Dequindre roads, shortly after the pursuit was terminated. A small bag and a syringe were found inside the vehicle; police said the syringe may have been used for heroin.

The vehicle was traced back to a woman in Oscoda. Her ex-boyfriend told Warren police it was stolen from a gas station in Eastpointe, where the vehicle had also been left running unattended. This incident occurred several days earlier, but the ex-boyfriend didn’t report it stolen. Police said the ex has a drug problem, and they referred him to the Hope Not Handcuffs program. He is not a suspect.

Police in Warren and Madison Heights continue to investigate the two incidents.

“This incident serves as an example of the dangers of leaving a vehicle running unattended with the keys in it,” said Madison Heights Police Lt. Michael Siladke. “Additionally, the public can be put at risk because of the car now being stolen, and additional resources have to be utilized in the reporting and investigating of the incident.”

Staff Writer Brian Louwers contributed to this report.