The Fenton Police Department is asking the community for help to identify a retail fraud suspect that led police on a short chase in a stolen van Saturday, Jan. 9.
At 2:30 p.m., Fenton police were dispatched to Walmart on Owen Road for a retail fraud in progress. A male had exited
the store without paying for merchandise and fled in a van. A description of the van was provided to police.
Lt. Jeff Cross said a responding officer spotted the van attempting to leave. A traffic stop was initiated, however, the driver of the van would not stop. The van started traveling northbound on Silver Parkway in the southbound lanes. The van went across the lanes and pulled into the entrance near TJMAXX and then exited traveling northbound on Silver Parkway again, but in the correct northbound lanes this time. The van left the roadway near the VG’s gas station, turned around and then traveled southbound in the northbound lanes.
The van then traveled into the entrance near Skechers shoe store and drove around to the backside of the businesses. The van drove up the hill behind the businesses toward U.S. 23. It appeared the driver was attempting to get onto the highway, however, the van got stuck in the snowy ditch.
The driver got out of the van and fled on foot in an unknown direction.
Cross said a Michigan State Police K-9 unit responded, however, a track of the suspect was unsuccessful. The vehicle, abandoned in the ditch by U.S. 23 was a 1995 GMC van. Cross said police believe it was stolen from a Flint resident.
Found in the van were several bottles of stolen liquor, Red Bull drink and laundry soap, all of which were returned to Walmart.
No one was injured in the pursuit and Cross said while the fleeing van was traveling in incorrect lanes, Fenton police traveled in the correct lanes, which slowed them down.
If anyone has information about the retail fraud or the suspect, they are to contact Fenton police at (810) 629-5311.
See submitted videos of the police chase: