3 cars stolen from dealership, 2 later arrested

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — Kalamazoo police say they arrested two suspects in connection to car thefts from a dealership.

Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety officers were called to a Stadium Drive dealership after an April 17 break-in. There, they found three vehicles had be stolen from the lot. Additionally, 15 sets of keys to new cars had been taken. Two of the stolen vehicles were recovered within hours, KDPS said.

Around noon Thursday, KDPS says, Officer Matt Slenk was on patrol in the area of Portage Road and Pitcher Street when he spotted the vehicle matching the description of the remaining stolen vehicle.

Slenk attempted a traffic stop, but the driver took off at a high rate of speed. Slenk followed and found the vehicle ditched behind a building in the 500 block of E. Walnut Street. He also saw to men running away. Slenk gave chase and arrested one of the suspects.

Officer Steve Heyduck and his K9 Ike then arrived and tracked the second person to where he was hiding in a nearby business. That suspect was arrested without incident.

Officers then searched the stolen vehicle and found paperwork addressed to one of the men and  what they suspected was marijuana.

The suspects, both in their 20s and from Kalamazoo, were arrested on charges of possessing a stolen vehicle, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana and other “numerous” warrants. They were taken to the Kalamazoo County Jail.

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