2 of 5 Brighton T-Mobile robbery suspects arrested after pursuit to East Lansing, police say

7 different police departments involved in pursuit, officials say

A surveillance image from a robbery at the Brighton T-Mobile store on Jan. 9, 2021.
A surveillance image from a robbery at the Brighton T-Mobile store on Jan. 9, 2021. (WDIV)

BRIGHTON, Mich. – Two of five men suspected of robbing a T-Mobile store in Brighton were arrested after the group led a pursuit involving seven different police departments to East Lansing, according to authorities.

Five men walked into the T-Mobile store at 8712 West Grand River Avenue in Brighton around 1 p.m. Saturday, police said.

The men forced employees to the back room, where the men gained access to cellphones, iPads and other electronic devices, according to officials.

The men left the store in a silver Ford Fusion that had been reported stolen, authorities said.

No weapons were seen or implied during the robbery, and nobody was injured, police said.

A surveillance image from a robbery at the Brighton T-Mobile store on Jan. 9, 2021. (WDIV)

Officers from the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office and Michigan State Police troopers found the men heading west on I-96 shortly after the robbery, according to authorities. They were in a Ford Escape that had been reported stolen, officials said.

When police tried to stop the Escape, a pursuit began, and the vehicle eventually came to a stop in East Lansing, authorities said.

Two of the five men were arrested and some of the stolen items were recovered, as well as the stolen Escape, according to police.

A couple of hours after the incident, police said they recovered the stolen Fusion a short distance from the T-Mobile store.

Officers from the Brighton Police Department, East Lansing Police Department, Michigan State University Police Department, Livingston County Sherrif’s Office, Ingham County Sheriff’s Office, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office and Michigan State Police were involved in the incident.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Brighton police at 810-227-2700 or email arntzm@brightoncitypolice.org.


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