Frankenmuth police chase suspects in auto theft ring, looking for 5 more

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FRANKENMUTH (WJRT) (3/5/2018) - A police chase in Frankenmuth resulted in one arrest Saturday, but police are looking for several more people possibly connected to an auto theft ring.

Someone called police to a residential neighborhood around 4 a.m. to report people breaking into vehicles. When Frankenmuth officers got in the area, they encountered a car driving off through yards.

A chase ensued down Genesee Street. The car, which had been reported stolen, crashed into a cornfield on Van Cleeve Road in Tuscola County but was able to keep going and get back on the roadway.

The car crashed again in the small town of Tuscola, ending the 15-mile chase. Three people inside ran off, of which police were able to arrest one juvenile.

Frankenmuth Police Chief Don Mawer said stolen vehicles recovered in Saginaw and Frankenmuth likely are connected to the same group. Authorities are searching for at least five other people besides the juvenile arrested after the chase.

Police believe three people captured on surveillance cameras in a McDonald's shortly after the chase ended may be part of the group.

"They were given a ride to McDonald's," Mawer said. "The caller then found out that they may have been involved in this. We checked with him, the timeline fits."

Police also recovered a variety of items from the three cars, including 250 rounds of ammunition. Investigators are looking for help in identifying the people in the surveillance photos.

Mawer believes the suspects could be part of a larger car larceny ring.

"We are currently working with investigators in Saginaw Township and Midland," he said. "We believe this is a ring. It sounds like fitting the motives of their recent car larcenies and stolen cars."

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