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Police looking for suspect in stolen vehicle spree

Police are looking for two suspects that stole this 2006 Chevrolet Silverado from a Dwight Township home. (Courtesy Photo)

Police are looking for two suspects that stole this 2006 Chevrolet Silverado from a Dwight Township home. (Courtesy Photo)

HURON COUNTY – A Huron County Sheriff’s Office deputy responding to a vehicle in a ditch wound up leading to authorities looking for suspects responsible for two vehicles being stolen.

According to the sheriff’s office, the deputy responded to a vehicle in the ditch around 7:30 a.m. Feb. 2 in Dwight Township, at the Kinde and Tomlinson roads intersection.

Once on scene, the deputy discovered the 2000 Saturn was out of the Birchfield area and proceeded to follow two sets of footprints in the snow north on Tomlinson Road, where they ended at a residence about a mile away from the crash scene.

At home, the deputy spoke to a resident, who was pulling out of his driveway in search of his pickup. The pickup – a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado – had been stolen just minutes prior to the deputy’s arrival.

The 4×4 champagne-colored Silverado is a single-cab, short box, box cap pickup. It has rust and a distinctive “CAT” license plate on the front. Rear Michigan license plate is 8LRK00.

Witness information described the two suspects to be a male, wearing glasses and a blue jean jacket; accompanied by a female, wearing a green winter jacket with a fur collar.

A return to the ditched vehicle by the deputy located a phone number of the owner, who was promptly called.

“Upon calling the owner, who didn’t believe him that her vehicle was in our county, she went outside to look for it and it wasn’t there. At that time, it was determined the Saturn had been stolen sometime throughout the night,” said Huron County Sheriff Kelly J. Hanson, in a statement.

Around 8:50 a.m. that day, the stolen pickup was reported being spotted at the main light in downtown Bad Axe. But a search of the area was unable to locate it.

Authorities were able to obtain surveillance photos of the stolen pickup from video from a business as it traveled west on M-53 out of Bad Axe.

As of Feb. 7, neither the suspects or the pickup have been located.

Anyone with information regarding these crimes is asked to call Huron Central Dispatch at 989-269- 6421, the sheriff’s office at 989-269- 6500. Confidential callers can use the sheriff’s office TIP Line at 989- 269-2861.

“Every year, our county experiences stolen vehicles, larcenies, and illegal home entering, that in many cases could have been deterred or prevented altogether if keys weren’t left in vehicles, or homes weren’t left unlocked,” Hanson said. “Times unfortunately continue to change in our county and just because it’s a rural area we may live in, it doesn’t mean that criminals haven’t gotten braver. In the current age, night or day, criminal minds don’t care. Never leave your keys in your vehicle, or your home unlocked when they’re unattended.”