"The assistance of this neighbor was critical," said Southfield Police Chief Eric Hawkins about a man who called 911 around 10:30 Thursday morning when he saw men breaking into a neighbor's house on East Larkmoor Drive, located near 12 Mile Road and Evergreen.
Officers responded quickly and spotted the suspect vehicle just a couple blocks away, but the vehicle took off and drove head on into another police vehicle coming in the opposite direction.
The suspect behind the wheel of the old burgundy Chevrolet Monte Carlo then put the car in reverse and slammed into the police cruiser behind them.
The officer in the rear vehicle then performed what's called a PIT (Pursuit Intervention Technique) maneuver and was able to pin the suspect vehicle.
The four men inside the car were then taken into custody.
Police recovered a number of items they say the men stole from the home, including an Xbox and about six musical instruments.
Now under arrest are an 18-year-old from Redford, an 18-year-old from Romulus, a 21-year-old from Westland, and a 26-year-old from Detroit.
One of the men was already wanted on outstanding warrants in Oak Park for home invasion, according to police.