DETROIT, MI - In less than 24 hours, Detroit Police arrested a 22-year-old male suspect wanted in connection with an auto theft on the city’s eastside.
On Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at approximately 7:50 a.m., a 74-year old male victim reported that his 2013 Honda Accord was stolen from a Project Green Light Detroit gas station located in the 7300 block of Kercheval. Video of the incident revealed the victim parking his vehicle at a gas pump then going inside with the engine still running. Moments later, an unknown male approached the vehicle on foot, entered the victim’s vehicle and drove off. Inside the vehicle was the victim’s firearm, badge, car key, and wallet containing miscellaneous items.
An investigation was immediately launched by officers of the Commercial Auto Theft Section. Green Light Video capturing the incident was also released to the community through the media for assistance.
Through a tip received from the community and further follow-up and investigation, officers from the 7th Precinct and Commercial Auto Theft Section located the suspect at a residence in the 2900 block of Sheridan. On January 16 at approximately 3:30 a.m., a search warrant was executed at the location and the suspect was arrested without incident. The victim’s vehicle, firearm, and badge was also recovered. The suspect was transported to the Detroit Detention Center without incident.
A warrant package was prepared and submitted to the Wayne County Prosecutors Office for review. The suspect identified as Michael Toussaint was charged with the following:
Count 1 Stolen Property - Receiving and Concealing - Motor Vehicle,
Count 2 Stolen Property - Receive & Conceal-$1,000-$20,000,
Count 3 Weapons Firearms-Possession by Felon,
Count 4 Weapons - Firearms - Receiving & Concealing.
He was also issued a $3,000 Personal Bond.
Special acknowledgement to the officers of the Detroit Police Department’s Commercial Auto Theft Section, Seventh Precinct, Project Green Light Detroit Partners, Community Members and local Media.
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