PARK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Police say they got back some $300,000 in stolen cars, ATV and trailers when they busted an auto theft ring in the Three Rivers area.
No arrests were made in Tuesday’s raid, Michigan State Police said, but charges are pending against “multiple” people.
MSP says it searched three properties Tuesday: One along Welburn Road near County Line Road in Cass County’s Newberg Township, and two on Lang Road near Hampton Road in St. Joseph County’s Park Township. Police say they found several altered trailers, five stolen trucks and three stolen ATVs.
MSP said its investigation into the auto theft ring and apparent chop shop has been ongoing for months. MSP Lt. DuWayne Robinson said the investigation first led detectives to the Newberg Township property and that, in turn, pointed them toward the properties in Park Township.
“(Detectives) knew they were looking for some stolen trailers and vehicles. They didn’t really have any idea how many but they were not surprised that they found this as many as they did,” Robinson said. “Through interviews with the suspects, we are hoping to gain additional information and knowledge of where other vehicles that were stolen may be located.”
He noted there has been an uptick in auto thefts in the last three years, specifically since the start of the pandemic.
Anyone with more information about the auto theft ring is asked to call the MSP Marshall Post at 269.558.0500 or Michiana Crime Stoppers at 574.288.STOP (7867) or 800.342.STOP (7867).