3 vehicles stolen from Battle Creek-area dealership found in Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo County

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — Three stolen vehicles have been found by the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety.

The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office says the vehicles were stolen from Henkel Auto Group on Dickman Road in Springfield. Deputies called there around 5 a.m. Wednesday found that the thieves broke the showroom window, went in and stole key fobs to autostart three vehicles. They used one to mow down a fence around the dealership and drove off.

Later Wednesday, Kalamazoo police responded to an incident in the 4400 block of South Westnedge Avenue. There, they found one of the stolen vehicles — a pickup truck.

Around 2 a.m. Thursday, officers responded to a report of a crashed vehicle in the 400 block of West Kilgore that matched the description of another stolen vehicle. Officers identified the vehicle as stolen from Calhoun County.

Shortly after, a third stolen vehicle from Calhoun County was found in the 700 block of West Kilgore Avenue while police were setting up a K-9 search in the area. When officers approached the vehicle, the driver fled, hitting a KDPS cruiser in the process.

A car chase was initiated but was later abandoned as the suspect vehicle ignored traffic laws, creating a significant risk to the public.

Shortly afterwards, the third stolen vehicle was found unoccupied near Bryant Road and Portage Road. Police set up another K-9 search but did not find the suspect.

The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office says two of the recovered vehicles were stolen from Henkel this week. The other one had been stolen from the dealership in December.

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