Thu. Aug 5th, 2021

KALAMAZOO COUNTY, MI – Troopers from the Paw Paw post recovered a stolen vehicle on June 30th, 2021, around 9:30pm at a Speedway gas station located on Grand Street in Schoolcraft Township.

While on patrol in the area, troopers were monitoring the pursuit of a stolen vehicle that originated in Van Buren by county deputies. The pursuit spanned several counties that included Van Buren, Cass and Kalamazoo. Troopers saw the suspect flee on foot after he pulled into the Speedway gas station.

Authorities chased the suspect on foot when he ran behind the gas station and into a wooded area. A Van Buren K9 unit and a drone were used to search the area for the suspect but they lost track of him. The suspect remains at large. During the foot chase the suspect was seen tossing a bag with large amount of cash in it.

The vehicle, a 2021 Range Rover truck, was reported as stolen out of Norristown, PA. Inside of the vehicle a fully loaded handgun was found and seized.

Through investigations, authorities were able to positively identify the suspect as 24-year-old Kahlid Bates. He is described as a black male, 5’10”, 180lbs, brown eyes and black hair. He has ties to the Detroit area. He was last seen running south from the Speedway gas station wearing black pants and a long sleeve dark blue shirt.

After Kahlid Bates is in custody, he will face felony violations including Flee & Eluding, Possession of Stolen Property (vehicle), & Obstructing Police.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or the Paw Paw Post at 269-657-5551.

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