Alleged car thief in police custody

By: Kevin Bunch | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published January 8, 2014


ROSEVILLE — Police located a vehicle stolen from the 32000 block of Kelly Road Dec. 27 and took a suspect into custody.

Jeremiah Tarver, a 20-year-old Detroit resident, was arraigned in the 39th District Court on one count each of unlawfully driving away a vehicle, driving without a license and obstructing an officer.

According to a press release, the homeowner had started the vehicle to let it warm up in the driveway with the keys in the ignition at around 9:45 a.m. A few minutes later, the homeowner realized that the vehicle, a 2005 GMC Envoy, was missing, and no suspect was in sight.

Roseville Deputy Police Chief Don Glandon said that a Fraser Public Safety Department officer spotted the vehicle and followed it to the 19000 block of Birmingham in Roseville.

“The Fraser officer was behind him,” Glandon said. “Instead of trying to outrun and get into a pursuit situation, (the suspect) took the other option, which is get out of the vehicle.”

The vehicle rolled into a house at that point, Glandon said, though the exact chain of events was still being sorted out. The vehicle and house reportedly sustained minor damage. Police tracked the suspect with the help of the St. Clair Shores K-9 unit and reportedly found Tarver hiding inside a garage.

Tarver is in custody and has his next court date set for Jan. 8. The Roseville Special Investigations Division is still investigating the incident. Tarver requested a court-appointed attorney, but as of press time, the attorney had not yet been appointed.

The vehicle’s owner was notified that it had been recovered and could be retrieved from the impound lot, Glandon said.