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Suspects in Detroit steal car, crash, cause gas leak

Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

Detroit — Gas in, gas out.

Police are on the lookout for two suspects who stole a car from a gas station and then caused a natural gas leak when they crashed into a building a few blocks away.

According to the Detroit Police Department, the theft took place at about 5:30 a.m. Friday at a service station in the 15000 block of W. Seven Mile near Robson on the city’s northwest side.

The 52-year-old man who owned a black 1999 Ford Taurus told police that he had left the car running and unattended when the suspects jumped in and fled at a high rate of speed, police said.

Their getaway went awry when they crashed into a building two blocks away on the 14700 block of W. Seven Mile. The impact damaged a meter which then caused a gas leak.

Responding police notified DTE Energy Co., which sent crews to shut off the leak. Police are looking for the thieves, but at this point, they do not have any physical description of the suspects.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Detroit Police Department at (313) 596-5200.

TGreenwood@detroitnews.com

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