Two Teenagers Arrested After Chase with Four Stolen Cars in Grand Rapids
Two teens are in custody following an early morning chase with police and a rollover crash in metro Grand Rapids.
According to the Kent County Sherriff's Office, at approximately 3:15a.m. on Monday morning, deputies were patrolling the area of 60th St. near Kalamazoo Ave. in response to an increase in vehicle thefts in the area.
Earlier this year area police issued a joint warning in regard to the abundance of car thefts - particularly those of KIAs and Hyundais. Thefts nationwide have been connected to to the Kia Boyz (or Kia Boys) TikTok trend.
Police say they observed three vehicles speed into the Crossings Apartments. The cars also matched descriptions of recently stolen vehicles
More units were called in and they set up a perimeter around the apartment complex.
A Kent County Sherriff's Officer saw three of the vehicles in a parking lot when a fourth passed by him and the pursuit began.
An assisting police unit down the road deployed spike strips, hitting three of the four vehicles.
The cars then split up and one was pursued as it traveled northbound on Kalamazoo Ave. This vehicle continued to flee until it lost control, rolling over and crashing at Kalamazoo Ave. and 28th St.
Two teenagers got out of the car. The 14-year-old and 15-year-old Kentwood boys were evaluated by medical staff and arrested.
The Kentwood Police Department and the Grand Rapids Police Department assisted with finding two of the other stolen vehicles.
The three recovered vehicles are Kias, two SUVs and one sedan. Police say a White Ford Fusion is still missing.
Police have shared dashcam footage of the chase:
Kent County Sheriff's Office is reminding the public to lock their cars and remove valuables. They say another car theft also happened this morning: Two vehicles were stolen from the same driveway in Cannon Township along Peach Tree Ave NE, with credit cards being used at area stores.
Investigations into both cases are ongoing.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Kent County Sheriff's Office at 616-632-6125, or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345 to report anonymously.
This is a developing story.