Vehicle Stolen From Byron Township Recovered After Pursuit

The Kent County Sheriff’s Office reports that just after midnight today, a deputy located a stolen Lincoln MKX with a stolen license plate near Eastern Ave. and 60th St. The vehicle did not stop for police and fled westbound on 60th St. and northbound on Division Ave. When the vehicle approached 44th St. it began to slow down and several people got out and ran. A 14-year-old from Kentwood was apprehended by deputies. The other occupants were not located. Two pistols were found in the car. 

Another deputy was in the area of 44th St & Division Ave. and observed a white Jeep Compass circling the area. The vehicle was listed as stolen from Byron Township on May 22. Another pursuit began.

The pursuit went northbound along US-131 and ended in the area of Mulford Dr. and Linden Ave. in Grand Rapids. Multiple occupants fled from the Jeep but were not found.

The teenager apprehended in the first pursuit was lodged at juvenile detention on charges related to the stolen vehicle and firearms. The Lincoln MKX was stolen about a month ago from the City of Wyoming and is believed to be involved in numerous car break-ins throughout Kent County. One of the pistols recovered was stolen from a home in Plainfield Township earlier this year.  

The Kent County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Michigan State Police, Grand Rapids Police Department, Wyoming Department of Public Safety and the Kentwood Police Department.

Kent County investigators are currently following up on leads connected to both pursuits.

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