Michigan State Police: 3 Arrested In Target Store Break-Ins

WWJ News
January 13, 2020 - 1:58 pm

(WWJ) Three thieves who broke into and robbed Target stores in Brighton and Fenton are in custody, according to police. 

A chase began shortly after 2 a.m. Monday, according to Michigan State Police, after Target Corporate Security reported three people had forced entry into the store on Owen Rd. in Fenton. Troopers responded as the suspect vehicle, a black Chevy Malibu, was pulling away from the store's parking lot, headed westbound on Owen Rd. toward US 23. 

Officers attempted to make a traffic stop, police said, but the driver kept going, accelerating onto US 23 as troopers followed, between Genesee and Livingston counties. 

Stop sticks were deployed at Faussett Rd., and the car came to a stop just south of M-59. 

Police said the three suspects then ran into some woods, and a K9 track began.

One of the suspects, identified as a 17-year-old male from Grand Rapids, was arrested after a short foot pursuit. The other two suspect, who police said are also Grand Rapids residents, were arrested several hours later after police got a call from a driver who said they'd asked for help on Hyne Rd near US 23. 

Security video from the Target on Challis Rd. in Brighton showed five masked suspects walking through a broken glass door on Dec. 27. Once inside, the thieves smashed display cases to get to phones, watches and other items, police said. 

MSP troopers from the Brighton and Flint posts were assisted in the investigation by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, Brighton City Police Department, Hamburg Township Police Department and Green Oak Police Department. 

It's unclear at this time if these are same suspects who were involved in similar robberies at Target stores in Allen Park, Dearborn and Woodhaven last week. Allen Park police told WWJ on Monday that their investigation is still ongoing. 

State Police said the suspects are expected to face numerous charges in several cities. Their names have not yet been released, pending an arraignment.