Police looking for two suspects who stole four ATVs

By: Nick Mordowanec | C&G Newspapers | Published May 12, 2015


CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The Clinton Township Police Department is asking for the public’s help in a larceny that occurred in the early morning hours of May 12.

The incident reportedly occurred at WOR Powersports, which is the old Mumbly’s Off Road building at Gratiot Avenue and 14 Mile Road.

Det. Joseph Burns said that around 1:20 a.m., two suspects arrived at the business and cut a hole in a fence on the perimeter. They proceeded to take two ATVs and drove through a field to unload them at an unspecified location.

The suspects then came back after 2 a.m. and stole two more ATVs before fleeing in the southbound direction on Gratiot.

Police found out about the theft late that night. Employees of the business came in the following day and noticed a cut in the back fence that faces 14 Mile Road.

“They had driven through a field,” Burns said. “It looks like a small trailer and pickup truck.”

Burns believes the act was pre-planned based on how the suspects executed the theft.

“(The suspects) figured out things were back there and did some surveillance beforehand and figured out a way to come in,” he said. “They literally drove in through the yard behind 14 Mile Road, by where Big Boy’s used to be.

“We know they’re somewhat local. It took them 10 minutes to get there, 10 minutes to unload, 10 minutes to get back (and steal two more ATVs). I’m sure they’re within a 10-minute radius. The question is just who did it.”

Clinton Township police retrieved still images from the business’ surveillance footage. Only one of the suspects was actually caught on surveillance, starting way off in the distance and then sneaking into the building.

Photos of the unknown race suspect show that he was wearing dark-colored sweatpants with a light vertical stripe down the side, a shirt with a large white emblem and a black knit-style cap.

Images of the other suspect provided police with no clear resolution.

“(The second suspect) looks like an ant creeping along the wall and you can only see the bottom of his shoes,” Burns said.

The theft is valued at around $10,000. Burns said ATVs and motorcycles are popular and easier to steal because of their size. The township had a rash of ATV thefts in 2014.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Burns at (586) 493-7851. Callers may remain anonymous if desired.