State Police recover cars stolen from Southfield, Warren, Detroit

Michigan State Police recover stolen vehicles
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(WWJ) Michigan State Police say they've recovered several cars that were stolen in metro Detroit -- thanks to a GPS tracker installed in one of them.

The investigation began last Wednesday, just before 10 p.m., when a citizen called 911 to report his vehicle had been stolen.

Thanks to a GPS tracked in the car, the owner was able to tell the dispatcher the location of the vehicle and the information was relayed to responding MSP units.

Police said the vehicle was initially believed to be traveling under its own power on the freeway in Van Buren Twp. However, the signal led troopers to a semi-tractor with a car hauling trailer. On the trailer, troopers spotted the stolen vehicle’s registration plate and they pulled the driver over.

The man, identified a resident of Long Beach, California, told police he recently purchased bought the semi and was on his way to Belleville to pick up another vehicle.

On the trailer, however, police found a 2020 Dodge Charger reported stolen out of Warren, a 2017 Dodge Challenger reported stolen out of Detroit, and a 2018 Dodge Charger reported stolen of Southfield, police said. All three vehicles were recovered, along with $10,000 in cash.

No further information has been released about the suspect, or possible charges.

An investigation by the MSP Southeast Auto Theft Team is on going.

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