FLINT (WJRT) (9/16/2019) - Thieves who made off with eight brand new Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD pickup trucks early Sunday tried to ram one through a Sovita Credit Union branch and rob it, police say.
Police say this brand new Chevrolet Silverado was stolen and rammed into a Sovita Credit Union branch in a robbery attempt.
The trucks were stolen from a secured overflow parking lot around 6 a.m. Sunday. The trucks were being stored there while awaiting shipment to a dealer, according to the Michigan State Police.
A witness reported seeing the line of trucks driving down South Grand Traverse Street and called 911. Moments later, OnStar called the Genesee County 911 Communications Center to report a crash at the Sovita Credit Union at 4411 Calkins Road in Flint Township.
Michigan State Police Lt. David Kaiser said the truck thieves slammed one of them into the building, trying to steal a safe inside. That truck was heavily damaged and left at the scene.
The suspects had fled the Sovita branch before Flint Township police arrived, Kaiser said.
Meanwhile, OnStar called authorities again to report the other stolen trucks were concealed in a wooded area by Stalker Elementary School near Flushing Road and Mitson Boulevard in Flint Township.
Michigan State Police and other law enforcement agencies found six stolen trucks sitting near the school with their engines running.
Suspects started running away from the trucks on foot and on bicycles when police arrived. Police arrested two of them, but several other suspects remain at large.
The eighth truck was located a short distance away from the where the six trucks were parked in the woods. All eight stolen trucks were moved to the Michigan State Police Flint Post on Corunna Road for further investigation.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Michigan State Police or the Flint Township Police Department.