CHELSEA, MI – Two men and a woman were briefly arrested Sunday night after the group loaded a shopping cart with spirits and fled a store without paying, police said.
Officers were called at 7:15 pm on August 23 to a shop in the 1200 block of S. Main Street for a reported retail fraud that had just occurred, according to the Chelsea Police Department.
The 911 caller said the suspects, who had loaded a shopping cart full of liquor they didn’t pay for, had fled in a gray Dodge Charger, police said.
Officers passed on the vehicle description to other law enforcement agencies, police said. A short time later, a Michigan State Police officer reported stopping a corresponding vehicle on I-94 near Stone School Road.
Police searched the vehicle and found a large number of factory-sealed liquor bottles, some still with anti-theft tags attached.
The bottles were seized as evidence after the group was unable to provide proof that none of the liquor was purchased or explain why some bottles still had anti-theft devices still attached, police said.
The men and the woman were released by the police pending further investigation and charges. The case remains open and is submitted to the Washtenaw County Attorney’s Office for review.
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