Flushing police apprehend car larceny suspect

FLUSHING TWP. — Flushing City police have apprehended a suspect who investigators believe orchestrated a one-man crime spree in the Flushing area in recent weeks.

On May 5, a 28-year-old Flushing Township man was taken in custody in connection to over 10 car larcenies, several home invasion/break and entering complaints and numerous larcenies of firearms in Flushing Township and the City of Flushing over the past two months.

Following a month-long investigation dating back to April 6, Flushing officers identified the suspect at Home Depot on E. Pierson Road on May 5. Upon seeing police, the suspect got into his vehicle and fled the scene, leading officers on a chase for several miles. Police apprehended the suspect when his vehicle— which was stolen—became disabled.

Flushing City Police Chief Mark Hoornstra said that the suspect confessed to numerous crimes, including the car larcenies in Flushing. Numerous stolen items and property from the case were also recovered by police, including firearms, tools, a chainsaw, an air compressor and electronics devices and thousands of dollars in cash. The firearms portion of the investigation has been turned over to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

The suspect’s name has not yet been released to the public.

Flushing Township Police Chief Mark Bolin said that the suspect’s crime spree extended into several counties in northern Michigan and included a drive-by shooting and attempted murder in the City of Flint. He also credited Flushing Township Det. Kim Fracalossi with collecting a key piece of evidence from a crime scene that helped investigators track down the suspect.

Bolin and Hoornstra said that more details on the case will be forthcoming.

The arrest was a collaborative effort between Flushing City Police, Flushing Township Police, Mt. Morris Township police, the ATF and Michigan State Police.