Police are searching for two suspects who attempted to steal a Dodge Challenger Hellcat from Royal Express Coney Island and fled in a stolen black Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, pictured, Jan. 15.

Police are searching for two suspects who attempted to steal a Dodge Challenger Hellcat from Royal Express Coney Island and fled in a stolen black Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, pictured, Jan. 15.

Photo provided by the Royal Oak Police Department


Royal Oak police investigate shot fired and attempted theft of muscle car

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published January 24, 2022

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ROYAL OAK — Royal Oak police are looking for two suspects in a stolen SUV who attempted to steal a Dodge Challenger Hellcat and fired a shot at its owner in the parking lot of Royal Express Coney Island, 1805 E. 11 Mile Road, east of South Campbell Road.

Police responded to the call at 10:49 a.m. Jan. 15, shortly before the restaurant opened for business. According to police, two delivery drivers and the owner of the restaurant were inside when the suspects broke the window of the owner’s Hellcat, unsuccessfully attempted to steal the vehicle and then fled.

“They were going to leave but came back for something they left in the vehicle minutes later,” said Lt. Al Carter, of the Royal Oak Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Unit. “The owner confronted the suspects and attempted to stop them. One suspect produced a gun and shot at the owner, but missed.”

Neither the owner nor the delivery drivers were injured, Carter said.

Carter said the suspects fled eastbound on 11 Mile Road in a black Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT with Ohio plates, which was reported stolen out of Ohio.

The driver, who Carter said fired the shot, was described as a Black man with braids, a light mustache and a small beard, and the second suspect is described as a Black man with a thin build wearing all black. Both suspects were believed to be in their early to mid-20s, police said.

“A Hellcat is an extremely popular vehicle to steal amongst thieves. It goes super fast. It’s hot. They steal them for the engines and different parts, and they’re very popular among the youth,” Carter said.

He advised owners to install kill switches as a measure to prevent theft, as well as to park in the garage and be cognizant if anyone is following or surveilling them.

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