DEARBORN — Police arrested three Detroit men March 20 when they were caught in the act of stealing a car.
Omar Shabazz Truelove, 19; Devon Martell Grier,18; and Miguel Patrick Stiger, 19, were arraigned March 21 before Judge Vesta Svenson in 36th District Court in Detroit. Truelove was charged with carjacking and assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder. Stiger was charged with accessory after the fact, and Grier was charged with carjacking and receiving and concealing stolen property.
All three men are being held on $10,000 cash bond and will have to wear GPS tethers if they post bond.
A witness called police to the area of Middlepoint and Warren Avenue for a car theft. The witness told police that he saw a suspicious vehicle driving up and down the street and stopped near a neighbor’s house.
The driver, later identified as Truelove, then got into the a Honda parked in front the neighbor’s house, police said. When confronted by the witness, Truelove shifted the car into reverse and struck the witness with the door of the car.
Truelove fled high rate of speed south on Middlepoint in the stolen Honda, losing control on Warren and Pinehurst causing him to crash.
While in the same area Dearborn officers spotted an occupied Chevy Malibu which had been reported stolen in Dearborn March 11.
After investigating, they were able to determine that this vehicle was used to transport Truelove in his efforts to steal the Honda.
The driver of the stolen Chevy was identified as Grier, and the passenger Stiger.
Police determined that Grier and Stiger had attempted to aid Truelove in extricating the stolen Honda from the crash site before police arrived. All three men were arrested.
“Through police and community cooperation, and the good work of our patrol officers, we were able to apprehend three men who were working in concert to steal cars,” Police Chief Ronald Haddad said. “Two stolen cars were recovered and three suspects will face justice thanks to the quick action of an alert resident.”
Anyone with knowledge of car thefts or any other types of crimes involving the use of stolen vehicles, can call Help Eliminate Auto Theft at 800-242-HEAT.