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Suspect on the run; police chase, cruiser hit, 3 stolen vehicles recovered overnight

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Posted at 5:01 AM, Jan 13, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-13 17:43:18-05

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Kalamazoo police are investigating after they recovered several stolen vehicles overnight Thursday.

The suspect is still at large, and they're hoping the public can help.

The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety (KDPS) said it started on Wednesday when they responded to an incident in the 4400 block of S. Westnedge Ave.

At that location, they recovered a stolen pickup truck out of Calhoun County.

Around 2 a.m. on Thursday morning, officers were called to a reported crash in the 400 block of W. Kilgore Road. KDPS said the vehicle description matched another stolen vehicle. Upon arrival, they confirmed that vehicle had also been stolen out of Calhoun County and was recovered.

While setting up a police K9 search, a third stolen vehicle from Calhoun County was located in the 700 block of W Kilgore Ave. The vehicle was running and upon contacting this vehicle, it fled, striking a KDPS police cruiser in the process.

A vehicle pursuit was initiated but later terminated as the suspect vehicle was disregarding traffic control devices, making the risk to the general public too great.

The third stolen vehicle was soon after located near the intersection of Bryant and Portage Rd, unoccupied. Another police K9 track was attempted but did not locate the suspect.

In total, three stolen vehicles from Calhoun County were located and recovered.

Consumer Energy crews were out on W. Kilgore Road early Thursday to repair an electrical pole that was hit by the second stolen vehicle.

During this time, the traffic light at the intersection of S. Westnedge Avenue and W. Kilgore Road was out causing slight traffic delays.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety at (269) 337-8139 or Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100 or their website.