Authorities catch alleged Costco jewelry thieves

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Oakland County Sheriff's Deputies have arrested two suspects involved in a smash-and-grab jewelry theft Monday night at a Costco store in Commerce Township.

A manager at the store in the 3000 block of Commerce Crossing told investigators that a man armed with an ax and another carrying a sledgehammer shattered a display case and stole merchandise before fleeing in a white or silver Nissan Sentra.

West Bloomfield Township police officers spotted the car, which was reported stolen from Wayne County, and tried to stop it. But the driver kept going, officials said in a statement.

"As the suspect vehicle approached the area of W. Maple Road and Inkster Road, the driver left the roadway and began driving through the back yards of private homes," the release read. "At that time, the driver struck the side of a home, continued a short distance and then struck a tree. Both occupants fled on foot into the nearby subdivision."

Officers in S.O.N.I.C., a multi-jurisdictional task involving local police departments from West Bloomfield, Farmington Hills and Novi, apprehended the passenger, but the driver escaped.

Sheriff's deputies set up a perimeter, and K-9 units as well as an aviation team were called in to search. The driver eventually was seen walking near a roadway and taken into custody, police said.

He and his passenger, both identified as 20-year-old Detroit residents, were held at Oakland County Jail. The pair is believed to have been involved in other crimes across Metro Detroit, investigators said Tuesday.

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