6 people arrested in Christmas morning robbery at Monroe used car dealership


MONROE, MI – Six people, including three teenagers, were arrested on Christmas morning after an attempted theft of used cars in Monroe, state police said.

Soldiers responded to reports of an attempted break-in at 3:28 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 25 at the Monroe Superstore car dealership, 15610 S. Dixie Highway, Michigan State Police District 1 said. in a press release.

Investigators upon arrival discovered a vehicle at the scene with the driver’s door open, police said. While looking into the abandoned vehicle, two suspects tried to pull away in cars belonging to the dealership, police said.

One of the suspects was arrested immediately without incident, police said, while the second crashed into a parked vehicle as he tried to flee the scene in the stolen car. The fleeing suspect took off on foot and led soldiers in pursuit, police said.

A third suspect fled the area on foot as soldiers contacted the first two suspects, police said. After the pursuit began, the soldiers asked for additional help, including deputies from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, to search for other suspects in the area, police said.

MPs located a suspicious vehicle with a teenager and two women parked in the Meadowlands neighborhood, police said. Further investigation revealed that the teenager was one of the suspects who fled the scene of the attempted break-in at the dealership, police said. The teenager and the two women have all been taken into police custody.

Later that day at around 9:30 a.m., soldiers returned to the concession area after receiving reports of a suspicious man walking in the backyards of nearby residences, police said. Investigators later identified this person as the third suspect teenager at the dealership, police said.

Using the services of K9, the soldiers located the third suspect and arrested him, police said. A family member who was trying to recover the suspect was also arrested for aiding and abetting after the fact, the statement said.

A total of six people were arrested, including three teenage males, police said. The teens are staying at the Monroe County Youth Center and the women are staying at the Monroe County Jail, police said.

All vehicles from the Monroe Superstore car dealership have been recovered, police said.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Michigan State Police Station, Monroe, at 734-242-3500.

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