Police arrest two after thefts, chase

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published February 19, 2020


SOUTHFIELD — Police believe they have found the two men responsible for a string of recent car thefts.

Police were dispatched to a parking structure at an apartment complex in the 26000 block of Evergreen Road on report of an auto theft in progress at 2:51 Feb. 10.

Police said two suspects were observed breaking the rear window of a white Dodge Charger Hellcat and driving the vehicle away. Police were also informed that the suspects’ vehicle was a white Chevy Equinox occupied by three people.

According to a police report, officers were traveling through a nearby parking lot when they saw a white Charger with a black stripe traveling north on Central Park Drive. Police said that vehicle matched the description of the vehicle that was stolen.

Police activated their lights and siren and tried to catch up to the suspect, but the driver sped up to get away from the officers.

The Charger turned east on 11 Mile, and as officers were catching up to the vehicle, the car disregarded a red light at 11 Mile and Evergreen roads and was struck by a civilian vehicle that was traveling south on Evergreen.

Police said the civilian vehicle struck the stolen vehicle on the driver’s side, disabling it.

Both suspects exited the stolen vehicle on the driver’s side and fled on foot.

Police said one of the suspects returned to the vehicle to retrieve a tablet that was used to start the stolen vehicle.

After retrieving the tablet, both suspects fled into a nearby residential neighborhood. Officers set up a perimeter and located one of the suspects running out from behind a residence in the 19000 block of Middlesex Avenue.

The suspect was ordered to stop and to get on the ground, and he was taken into custody without further incident.

Additional officers responded to the area where the suspects fled and located the second suspect running west in front of houses on the north side of Coral Gables.

Officers gave chase on foot, and the man continued running west toward Evergreen Road, police said.

A K-9 officer ordered the suspect to stop fleeing or he would release his dog, but the man ignored him.

“Because the suspect was a fleeing, unsearched felon that was continuing to actively resist his capture, the K-9 officer gave his K-9 the apprehension command,” police said in a report.

Police said the dog caught up to the suspect and made a “physical apprehension” by biting him on his left bicep. The dog was then immediately called back, and the suspect was taken into custody without any further incident.

The K-9 unit then conducted an article search to look for the tool that had been used to start the stolen vehicle.

They located the key programming tablet for which the suspect had gone back to the stolen car.

Police explained in the report that the tablet plugs into a car’s computer system and overrides the ignition system.

Several Chargers, Challenger Hellcats and Scat Packs have been taken using the same type of device recently, police said.

Police said they believe the two men are also responsible for another recent theft of a Charger Hellcat.

A man told police that, between the hours of 8:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Feb. 4, a black Dodge Charger Hellcat that belonged to a business in the 24000 block of Denso Drive was stolen.

An employee of the business showed police video surveillance of the parking lot, which showed a silver Lincoln MKZ driving around, eventually stopping near the stolen vehicle.

The video then shows a suspect standing outside the vehicle.

Around 3:10 p.m., the man is seen on the surveillance video breaking out the right rear window of the Charger Hellcat and driving away.