(WXYZ) – Nine men are behind bars for allegedly stealing five brand new Chevrolet Camaros from General Motors’ Lansing Grand River Assembly plant.
Michigan State Police said the men led police on a high-speed chase down I-96 through Ingham, Livingston and Oakland counties Monday morning.
The pursuit started after midnight. MSP lieutenant Brian Oleksyk said a BOL, or be on the lookout, posted over the police scanner warned state troopers.
The MSP said the pursuit included Kensington Road to Grand River Avenue through Lyon Township, Wixom, Novi and Farmington Hills.
A dispatcher on the police scanner said: “They usually have a lot of cash to fill up because (car manufacturers) started keeping the cars on E (empty) because they started getting hit so much.”
Oleksyk explained: “With these pursuits, some stopwatches were used to get these cars to stop.”
Several of the stolen Camaros ended up with injuries.
Oleksyk said the nine suspects are between 20 and 24 years old. Eight are from Detroit. One is from Saginaw.
“… we take reports of stolen vehicles all the time. We find stolen vehicles, but this one … for an ongoing investigation, which is really interesting and really peculiar, is that there were five brand new vehicles, all driving the same road. , maybe to the same destination and all located on I-96, “the lieutenant explained.
“In my experience of 22 years as a state soldier, stolen car is only the tip of the iceberg,” he continued.
The lieutenant asked the questions: ‘Do the vehicles have to go to a sawmill to be sold for parts? Should they be illegally re-labeled and sold? ‘ These are two issues that the study will examine and seek to uncover.
“It’s kind of something you see out of the movies. Is there a main man behind this? …. So it’s in the early stages to see if it’s a possibility. We’re working on continuing our investigation into it. territory .”
He said the suspects face several charges, including resisting and obstructing; receive and conceal stolen property; and flees and flees. More fees are expected.
In a statement to 7 Action News, a spokesman for General Motors said: “We are working with local law enforcement to recover stolen vehicles from GM’s Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant. We will improve our safety at the factory and the surrounding parking lots.”
“We will pursue prosecution of the persons involved to the full extent of the law,” he added.