30-year-old James Cross (white shirt) and 37-year-old Emanuel Fulks were caught red-handed by police as they attempted to steal the rims and tires off a stolen Cadillac Escalade. Photos courtesy of the Huron Township Police Department.
Two Detroit men were arrested during a recent crime spree that involved three stolen vehicles and attempted rim and tire theft.
Police Chief Everette Robbins says that just before 4 a.m. on April 1, Huron Township Police received a call from the 20400 block of Gentz Road regarding a suspicious situation that was taking place.
A resident in the area reported that he saw two men “messing” with a vehicle outside of his neighbor’s house.
The vehicle, a Cadillac Escalade, was stolen by the men out of the 20500 block of Gentz and driven a few blocks over where they intended to steal the rims and tires.
The thieves originally used a stolen 2015 Dodge Ram out of Macomb County to travel to the area to commit the crimes, Robbins said.
When police arrived, the men, identified as 30-year-old James Cross and 37-year-old Emanuel Fulks, both of Detroit, fled the area on foot through the woods, and stole a Grand Marquis out of the 19200 block of Savage, which is about a half-mile west.
That resident reported to police that they observed their car being stolen and that they were following it.
Dispatch was able to keep the residents on the phone and update police with the location of the thieves, who were then taken into custody following a traffic stop.
“This was a perfect storm that was created by our residents working hand in hand with our Police Department. The residents in this case called us immediately and our officers responded quickly; we can do great things when we work together,” Robbins said.
Further investigation revealed to police that the men were driving throughout the area attempting to steal tires and rims off of vehicles.
“The suspects’ intention was to steal the tires and rims off of the Cadillac Escalade, but were interrupted by the police response and fled the scene,” he said.
“Our dispatcher really did a great job in relaying the information from the victims to our responding patrol staff.”
Both men were charged with motor vehicle theft, which is a five year felony, and two counts of receiving and concealing stolen property.
Both men, who are also four time habitual offenders, could each face 15 years in prison.
They were arraigned and both are being held in the Wayne County Jail on a $25,000/10 percent bond.
“Theft of tires and rims continue to be a huge problem throughout the Metro Detroit area. We believe these individuals could be responsible for several recent thefts in our community. We used every resource available to us to obtain a conviction on these individuals. Our Detective Bureau and Evidence Technicians did an outstanding job responding and following up on this incident and their work will prove essential to the outcome of this investigation,” Robbins said.