4 charged in connection with attempted auto theft at Sterling Heights assembly plant

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STERLING HEIGHTS (WWJ) -- Macomb County prosecutors have filed felony charges against four men who allegedly broke into the Chrysler Assembly Plant parking lot and tried to slip out with 10 Dodge RAM trucks.

Multiple Macomb County law enforcement agencies responded to the assembly plant on the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 17, catching the attempted heist in progress. Officers secured the lot, blocking off all available exits.

The alleged thieves made a futile effort to flee, ramming the gates and one squad car. A few of the men tried to escape on foot, but seven people were eventually rounded up by police in connection with the incident.

Now, four of those men are facing charges.

Demarion Palmar, 18; Timothy Halsam, 18; Jaquan Reed, 25 and Derrin Abbott, 22, face one count each of larceny over $20,000, conspiracy to commit larceny over $20,000, unlawfully fleeing and conspiracy to unlawfully flee.

If convicted, the accused would spend between five and ten years in prison.

"This incident was just outrageous, said Macomb County Prosecutor Pete Lucido. "Stealing vehicles and creating havoc is not acceptable in Macomb County or any place for that matter."

Three of the defendants -- Halsam, Reed and Abbot -- were given a $50,000 bond and will be required to wear a GPS tether if released. Palmar's bond was set at $10,000.

The men are expected to appear in court on Monday, Jan. 30, and Thursday, Feb. 2.

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