Dealership thieves toss keys during Ottawa Co. chase

Ottawa County
Parkway auto sign above vehicle lot

An Aug. 14 2019 photo shows Parkway Auto on Chicago Drive near Port Sheldon Avenue in Georgetown Township.

GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities are searching for the suspects who broke into a car dealership, stole vehicles and led deputies on a high-speed chase in Ottawa County.

An employee of Parkway Auto in Georgetown Township told News 8 thieves broke into the Chicago Drive business around 2 a.m. Wednesday and stole dozens of vehicle keys, a GMC Terrain and a Jeep.

smashed glass door
An Aug. 14, 2019 photo shows the smashed door to Parkway Auto. Thieves took car keys and two vehicles, a dealership employee said.

Around 2:15 a.m., deputies tried to pull over a vehicle that made an illegal turn onto Chicago Drive near Port Sheldon Street, but the driver kept going, leading deputies on a chase.

A dealership employee said police told him the chase reached speeds of 120 mph. Deputies ended their pursuit at Chicago Drive and Main Street when the vehicle entered eastbound I-196.

During the chase, several items were thrown from the vehicle, according to the sheriff’s office. After ending their pursuit, deputies went back to the area where the items were thrown and found several sets of car keys, which led them to Parkway Auto.

The dealership employee News 8 spoke with said most of the stolen keys are still missing, along with the Jeep. The stolen GMC Terrain was later recovered by police, according to the worker.

GMC Terrain parked in car lot
An Aug. 14, 2019 photo shows the GMC Terrain that was stolen from Parkway Auto and later recovered by police, according to a worker.

When deputies checked a nearby business, they also found an empty vehicle that was stolen out of the Grand Rapids area.

No suspect descriptions are available at this time.

These incidents remain under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Ottawa County Central Dispatch at 1.800.249.0911 or Silent Observer at 1.877.88.SILENT.

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