FERNDALE, Mich. (WXYZ) — The Ferndale Police Department said four people have been arrested in a rash of stolen vehicles and larcenies from cars during the month of September.
According to police, the city had an "extraordinarily high number of thefts from unlocked cars" and stolen vehicles appeared to be linked to the same group of people.
Officers distributed fliers to homes, used social media, and had the help of Detroit police, the FBI-Detroit Violent Gang Task Force, Wayne County ACTION Task Force, Oakland County Auto Theft, Oak Park Public Safety, Troy police and Warren police to help arrest the suspects.
Detectives learned they would walk different neighborhoods on almost a nightly bases to check for unlocked cars, aiming to steal anything of value, including vehicles.
Police said on almost a daily basis, one or more of the suspects went to the same location in Detroit to use a machine that turns loose coins into cash. Police believe that in Ferndale along, they were responsible for 65 thefts from cars, and at least three stolen vehicles.
Police also interviewed the suspects, and police believe they are responsible for at least 40 other unreported thefts from vehicles in Ferndale along. They say that hundreds of more larcenies in metro Detroit could be tied to this group, including incidents in Detroit, Farmington, Grosse Pointe Park, Hazel Park, Lansing, Oak Park and Warren.
According to police, detectives recovered 11 stolen vehicles out of various jurisdictions, and they say they could be responsible for more than $400,000 worth of recovered stolen vehicles.
Three suspects were arrested on Sept. 25, 2019, and all were in possession of a stolen vehicle. They were arrested at Oakland Mall in Troy. The other suspect was arrested on Sept. 19 in Detroit.
The men charged are: 21-year-old Carlos Byars-Walker of Detroit, charged with one count of receiving and concealing a stolen vehicle; 17-year-old Wellington Littles of Pontiac, charged with one count of receiving and concealing a stolen vehicle; 17-year-old Kron Walker-McNeil of Detroit, charged with two counts of receiving and concealing a stolen vehicle, and 21-year-old Corey Rashada of Highland Park, charged with three counts of receiving and concealing a stoeln vehicle, two counts of possesion of stolen financial transaction device and one count of unlawful driving away of an automobile.
Police said additional charges are expected in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties as other jurisdictions complete their own investigations.