Four arrested for allegedly breaking into 3 dispensaries, fleeing deputies

VAN BUREN COUNTY, Mich. -- Four men from Battle Creek were arrested after allegedly breaking into multiple dispensaries and leading multiple police agencies on a 10-mile pursuit throughout the county, according to the Van Buren County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies responded to an alarm at the White Flower Cannabis Company in Paw Paw and discovered the business had been broken into.

A short time later, the alarm at Golden Greens Provisioning Center in Lawrence was activated.

While responding to Golden Greens, an alarm was activated at Transcend Dispensary in Hartford, deputies said.

Deputies obtained a description of the suspect vehicle and the suspects from surveillance footage.

Pokagon Tribal Police spotted the suspect vehicle near CR 681 and Red Arrow Highway.

The vehicle refused to stop and led police on a pursuit that covered close to 10 miles and speeds reached over 100 mph, deputies said.

The vehicle pursuit ended near mile marker 57 on I-94 after spike strips were deployed and disabled the vehicle.

When the vehicle stopped, all four occupants of the vehicle fled.

The first suspect was apprehended after a short pursuit.

The second, third and fourth suspects were located after an extensive pursuit and K-9 track across farm fields, swamps, wooded areas and the Paw Paw River.

K9s from the sheriff’s office and Michigan State Police were used along with drones from the Pokagon Tribal Police and Great Lakes Drone Company.  

The four men were all from Battle Creek.

The investigation is ongoing.

Agencies who assisted in this case include: Van Buren County Narcotics Unit, Van Buren County Criminal Investigations, Michigan State Police, Pokagon Tribal Police, Paw Paw Police Department, Hartford Police Department and Mattawan Police Department.

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