Mt. Pleasant, MI –Mt. Pleasant Police Department (MPPD) officers responded to an incident on March 3, 2019 at Wayside Central. The complaint was of a stolen cell phone and credit cards. Officers were aware of previous situations in which the suspects were stealing credit cards and going to local businesses that had self-checkout lanes. Once officers heard the call they sat outside a business and observed two males going through self-checkout lanes trying multiple cards. As officers approached, the two males fled the scene. Officers were able to make contact with the one suspect who stayed with the vehicle. Through their investigation they were able to identify all three suspects and seize evidence of the crime.
Together, MPPD officers and detectives were able to link the cell phones and credit cards used in prior thefts within that timeframe. Throughout the investigation MPPD detectives were able to identify approximately twenty victims. The majority of the property was recovered and returned to the rightful owners. Two of the suspects have been charged and awaiting arraignment. The third suspect is still at large.
The Mt. Pleasant Police Department was assisted by the Michigan Department of Corrections and Michigan State Police Intelligence Unit.