Two vehicles, keys and a license plate were allegedly taken from Andy’s Auto Sales on Van Dyke early on Feb. 1. Two suspects were arrested and police said others remain at large.

Two vehicles, keys and a license plate were allegedly taken from Andy’s Auto Sales on Van Dyke early on Feb. 1. Two suspects were arrested and police said others remain at large.

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Suspects arrested after break-in at car lot

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published February 5, 2021

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WARREN — Two men were arrested, and police said at least three suspects could still be at large, after a break-in and vehicle heist at a car lot on Van Dyke Avenue early on Feb. 1.

Two vehicles and 100 keys were reportedly stolen, an SUV carrying two suspects fled police and eluded capture, and the two suspects now facing charges were arrested after a short pursuit that began when responding officers observed them getting into another vehicle on Van Dyke.  

According to Lt. David Kriss of the Warren Police Department, officers were alerted to an apparently coordinated theft at Andy’s Auto Sales, south of Toepfer Road, at about 3 a.m. when dispatch received an alarm call. Kriss said a responding officer arrived and found a window broken out of one of the buildings at the property.

“There was a chair under the window with wet footprints,” Kriss said.

The electric meter was reportedly ripped from the building, and an apparent attempt was made to disable the alarm. Kriss said the officer saw two people get into a nearby SUV and alerted other units by radio. The SUV was later observed by other officers, and a short pursuit ensued, but the driver eluded capture.

Back at the scene of the break-in, officers saw two more vehicles driving slowly on Van Dyke with their headlights off. One of the cars, a Chrysler 300, stopped to pick up a pedestrian.

“Before they even activated the lights it (the Chrysler) struck a fence pole and had smoke coming out of it,” Kriss said. “They pursued it about a half-mile and they slowed down and both the passenger and the driver exited the vehicle while it was still rolling and fled on foot. They both were arrested a short distance away. One had a handgun in his waistband.”

Kriss said officers recovered sets of keys to 100 vehicles from the Chrysler along with various tools, reciprocating saws and a license plate allegedly stolen from the business.

The owner of the lot told police two vehicles were missing.

Kriss said the Chrysler 300 had been reported stolen in Detroit. The weapon allegedly found on the 20-year-old passenger in the Chrysler was also listed as stolen.

The passenger and the 17-year-old driver, both residents of Detroit, now face a list of charges including breaking and entering, assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest and possession of burglary tools. The driver faces charges of fleeing and eluding and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. The passenger is facing weapons charges.    

“My assumption would be when they pulled the power meter and damaged the alarm, they assumed there wouldn’t be an alarm. Obviously, they were wrong,” Kriss said.

Police reportedly checked two other nearby dealerships for signs of a break-in and discovered footprints in the snow near buildings on the properties.
Warren detectives were reportedly working with Detroit police to determine if the arrested suspects were connected to a similar incident there.

The investigation remained ongoing at press time.

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