Two arrested after car thefts

OnStar used to disable fleeing stolen vehicle

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published May 24, 2023

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ROCHESTER HILLS — Deputies responded to the 5500 block of Carrollton Court on a report that a vehicle had been stolen at 12:50 a.m. April 28.

A woman said her father’s vehicle, which had been parked in the driveway, was gone. She said she heard noises coming from her driveway, so she checked her home surveillance cameras and discovered two subjects exiting a stopped vehicle just past her house. The two subjects then rummaged through two vehicles parked in the driveway and entered the third vehicle, which had the keys in it, and drove it away.

Detectives, who were in the area working a special surveillance detail, heard the radio traffic and contacted OnStar, which provided the location of the vehicle on Oakstone Drive in Rochester Hills. While attempting to locate it, a deputy observed a vehicle suspected of being involved in the incident traveling at a high rate of speed. The deputy initiated a traffic stop, and it sped away. The deputy pursued the vehicle and terminated the chase without arrests.

Deputies and detectives located the stolen vehicle at Long Lake and Livernois roads.

The suspect rammed a detective’s vehicle and fled. Deputies pursued the stolen vehicle, and OnStar disabled the vehicle at Interstate 75, near Stephenson Highway. The two suspects fled on foot.

Deputies located both suspects hiding in an unlocked vehicle. One of the suspects was in possession of a wallet containing an ID and credit cards belonging to a resident of Oakstone Drive in Rochester Hills.

At 3:30 a.m., deputies went to the residence at Oakstone Drive to return the wallet. The homeowner stated that he was unaware he had lost his wallet, which had been left in his unlocked vehicle. The deputy asked how many vehicles he owned, and the man said two. The deputy advised him that only one vehicle was in his driveway.

The second vehicle, which had the keys in it, was gone. At 9:06 a.m., the second stolen vehicle was recovered in Detroit. An evidence technician responded and processed the stolen vehicle.

Both suspects, a 22-year-old man from Detroit and a 21-year-old man from Inkster, were lodged at the Oakland County Jail pending the issuance of charges.