Authorities: 2 take off after stolen van crashes

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ANTWERP TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities are looking for two people after a stolen van crashed in Van Buren County early Saturday.

Deputies were called to the crash in the 59000 block of South Lagrave Street in Antwerp Township, just south of Paw Paw, around 1:15 a.m. Saturday, according to the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office.

There, deputies found a 1994 Ford conversion-type van had crashed, damaging some landscaping at a 73-year-old man’s house. The van had also sustained “visible damage.”

A man and woman had been seen taking off on foot after the crash, deputies learned. A deputy with a K-9 tried to track the pair, but were unsuccessful.

Deputies then went to a home connected to the vehicle’s registration. That residence is in the Scott Shores subdivision in Arlington Township — about 17 miles away from the scene of the crash.

Authorities learned the van had been stolen several hours before the wreck. The owners — a 57-year-old man and 64-year-old woman — said a woman who had been at their house a few hours prior may have taken the van.

Authorities are looking for the woman in question. Her name has not been released.

The van was checked for fingerprints and DNA.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 269.657.3101 or Silent Observer.

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