Man, teens charged in Chrysler vehicle thefts

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News
Cortez Peterson

A man and two teens have been charged in connection with vehicle thefts from a shipping yard near Fiat Chrysler's Jefferson North assembly plant in Detroit, officials said Monday.

Cortez Peterson, 26, and two juveniles, ages 14 and 15, have been charged in two incidents during which several vehicles were stolen from a parking lot, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office.

Police found Peterson at about 9:30 a.m. Thursday in possession of a 2019 Chrysler vehicle that was stolen from a parking lot near the FCA factory in Detroit the previous day.

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Peterson has been charged with receiving and concealing a stolen car and resisting arrest. He was arraigned on the charges Saturday in Romulus and ordered held on a $2,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court next Tuesday.

The receiving and concealing charge is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Resisting arrest, also a felony, is punishable by up to 2 years in prison.

Meanwhile, two teens have also been charged in connection to thefts of vehicles from the same parking lot on Friday, four days after the first.

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Officials are not releasing the names of the defendants because they are minors.

However, they both have been charged with several counts of larceny over $20,000, a count of resisting arrest and malicious destruction of property.

A judge ordered each of them held on a $25,000 bond and they are scheduled to appear in court Tuesday for a pre-trial hearing.

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