Deputies searching for suspect in crime spree

One man is being held in jail while deputies look for another suspect in a crime spree across northern Michigan.

According to the Leelanau County Sheriff, the spree began Sunday evening when tribal police received a call from a home on Grand Traverse Band tribal land. The caller reported two suspicious men entering cars and homes without permission.

Half an hour later, a car was reported stolen on N. West Bay Shore Drive. The owner reportedly told deputies his 2005 Ford Explorer was parked in his driveway with the keys between the seats.

While a sergeant was on the scene, a deputy located two cars parked along West Bay Shore Drive near Fourth Street in Suttons Bay. One of the cars matched the description.

One person ran from each car, deputies say, and a 15-year-old from Mt. Pleasant stayed in the car that was not stolen and identified one of the running suspects as the one who stole the car earlier.

Both cars were towed from the scene and deputies said they found numerous items that were stolen from cars and homes in Peshawbestown and Omena.

Another deputy reportedly located a 22-year-old Mt. Pleasant man walking behind the Inland Seas building. Deputies said they determined he was one of the suspects. He is being held on car theft charges.

Later Sunday night, another resident reported someone was trying to steal his car one mile south of the first report on West Bay Shore Drive. The caller said he scared off the thief.

Another car was reported just two tenths of a mile south of there. Police believe it was taken by the man who fled police earlier in the night.

The car was reportedly abandoned near Barryton in Mecosta County early Monday morning. Sheriff's deputies said another car near there was stolen.

Law enforcement agencies statewide are looking for the 19-year-old Mt. Pleasant suspect.

Anyone with information about the stolen cars or anyone who has experienced a robbery in the area that they believe may be connected is asked to contact Leelanau Dispatch at 231-256-8800.