Milwaukee police have at least one suspect and one stolen vehicle in custody, the arrest stemming from the thefts Wednesday of multiple vehicles from Racine Hyundai in Sturtevant.
Sturtevant police Chief Sean Marschke confirmed Wednesday afternoon that his officers were headed to Milwaukee to bring at least one individual back with them to face charges in Racine County.
The Hyundai dealership, 9503 Washington Avenue, is the fourth car dealership to have had cars stolen and substantial damage done to its building. Officers did participate in a high speed car chase with the thieves early Wednesday morning, but called it off because of safety concerns.
After seeing two cars traveling at a high rate of speed, Mount Pleasant Police started chasing the cars at 2:06 a.m. Wednesday on Highway 20 near Commerce Drive. Attempting to stop the cars, the officer noticed that neither of the cars had a license plate, only a blue and white dealer tag on the rear of the cars. Once the officer turned on his emergency lights and sirens, the drivers refused to pull over.
Law enforcement officers from the Racine County Sheriff’s Office and the Wisconsin State Patrol joined the pursuit on Interstate 94. Because of the high rate of speed and reckless nature of the drivers, the pursuit was discontinued at the Racine/Milwaukee county line.
During the investigation, detectives learned that the cars were taken from Racine Hyundai, and the car thieves caused substantial damage to the building during the burglary.
The Sturtevant Police Department will continue the investigation.
Mount Pleasant Police are also investigating a car theft ring after the suspect or suspects broke into three car dealerships since July 4. Two Ford Escapes were taken from Porcara Ford, 5910 Washington Ave., on July 4. The suspects also broke into Palmen Chrysler, 8320 Washington Ave. and Racine Toyota, 13350 Kilbourn Dr. sometime between 1:44 and 3:10 a.m. Thursday, according to a press release by the Mount Pleasant Police Department.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (262) 636-9330, via e-mail through the website www.racine.crimestoppersweb.
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