GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Two men now face criminal charges in connection to the theft of an Amazon delivery truck after authorities say the driver lied about being carjacked.
According to Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker, Lawrence Clay, 21, faces charges of auto theft, larceny between $1,000 and $20,000, conspiracy to commit larceny and a count of lying to a police officer during a violent crime investigation. Demarion Brewster, 18, is charged with auto theft, larceny between $1,000 and $20,000 and conspiracy to commit larceny.
The charges stem from a Monday incident that started in Rockford and led to a standoff in Wyoming.
Court documents show that Clay was the driver of the Amazon van. Authorities say he told two Rockford police officers that someone jumped in while he was dropping off a package, flashed a gun at him and took his keys.
Inside the van was merchandise valued at about $9,685.
Police soon tracked the Amazon van to Wyoming, then followed the suspect to a home on Riley Avenue SW near Longfellow Street, where there was a standoff that lasted several hours. Police ultimately entered the house and arrested Brewster. They say they found his fingerprints all over the van.
Authorities say that though Clay initially denied knowing Brewster, he later admitted to knowing him. Clay then admitted that he had previously heard Brewster and other people talking about stealing a van and they asked him about working for Amazon, the court records show. He allegedly took a call from the organizer of the theft and told that person where he would be stopping knowing they wanted to steal it and handed over his keys to Brewster voluntarily. He also admitted that he lied when he told 911 he had been carjacked.
Clay and Brewster were scheduled to be arraigned Friday, Becker said. The counts both men face are each punishable by up to five years in prison, and the lying to a police charge carries a maximum penalty of four years in prison.