8 arrested in attempted pickup thefts in Livonia
Livonia — Police have arrested eight men in connection with the attempted theft of Ford F-150 pickups from a secured storage lot earlier this month.
On the evening of Dec. 15, Livonia police, along with auto theft squads from the Detroit and Michigan State Police, set up surveillance on the lot after receiving a tip that it had been targeted.
At about 9 p.m., officers observed three vehicles pull up to the locked gates of the facility. Eight suspects left the trucks with one of them using bolt cutters to cut the lock off the gate, at which point authorities swarmed into the lot.
Officers surrounded the suspects, all of whom were arrested. Livonia officers also discovered that one of the defendants was driving a stolen vehicle.
The defendants — all of whom are residents of Detroit — were arraigned on Dec. 18 in the 16th District Court by Magistrate Sherr. Each received either a $500,000 or $1 million cash bond.
All were charged with conspiracy to commit unauthorized driving away an automobile (UDAA); conspiracy to commit receiving and concealing stolen property (RCSP) over $20,000; attempted UDAA and attempted RCSP-motor vehicle.
The defendants have been identified as: Jimmy Lee Harris, 24, Darnell Rush, 19, Tommie Nathiel Lee Vaughn, 21, Jalen Ira Johnson, 20, and Armani Thomas-Taylor Hatchett, 18.
Additionally, three other defendants have been charged with being habitual offenders. They have been identified as Andre Dominque Cousins, 24, Deshawn Lapeace Landers, 25, and Bernard Lamount Wilkerson, 25.
Their preliminary exam is set for 9 a.m. Jan. 7 at the 16th District Court.