Car theft suspects arrested

By: Brendan Losinski | Troy Times | Published January 13, 2022

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TROY — Two men have been apprehended by the Troy Police Department in connection with car thefts Dec. 11.

According to police, 19-year-old Detroit resident Christian Hare and 20-year-old Redford resident Javari Bates were identified as suspects after a lengthy investigation into vehicle thefts in Troy. Police said that after conducting a brief surveillance operation on the two, officers followed two stolen Dodge Challenger Hellcats into the Rochester Villas Apartment complex at approximately 2:30 p.m. Dec. 11, and they attempted to box in both vehicles.

Department officials said that both drivers attempted to flee from officers, causing damage to police vehicles.

Police said that after crashing the vehicles, both drivers attempted to flee on foot. While running, officers said, they observed Hare drop a black handgun with an extended magazine from his waistband. He was ordered to the ground and taken into custody.

After a short foot pursuit, Bates was also taken into custody by detectives. Officers said they located a Smith & Wesson revolver in Bates’ jacket. Both weapons were later found to be reported stolen in Novi.

Investigators said that the two suspects were also in possession of additional key fobs and a tablet used to reprogram fobs.

Investigators say they have been able to connect both suspects to at least a dozen additional stolen vehicle reports throughout the metro Detroit area.

Both Hare and Bates have been charged with receiving and concealing a motor vehicle over $20,000, one count of carrying a concealed weapon, one count of felony firearm, and one count of felonious assault. Both were arraigned on the charges in 52-4 District Court Dec. 13, and bond was set at $250,000 each.

Prior to press time, neither suspect had retained or been appointed an attorney.

“The Troy Police Department wishes to thank the investigators of the Troy Special Investigations Unit,” Sgt. Jason Clark of the Troy Police Department said in an email. “The Troy Special Investigations Unit is comprised of officers from the Auburn Hills Police Department, the Birmingham Police Department, the Bloomfield Township Police Department, Royal Oak Police Department, and Troy Police Department. These investigators routinely work together in a collaborative, multi-jurisdictional Unit that investigates criminal activity impacting the region.”

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