Tobacco store burglars escape after leading police on high speed chase

Police are on the hunt for robbers who hit a tobacco store, then led them on a high-speed chase over 100 miles per hour.

Then they escaped.

Around 4 a.m. a Chesterfield police officer was driving by when he saw  four men with a crowbar enter the closed Tobacco Barn and fill laundry bags with 40 packs of cigarettes. 

The crime happened too fast to make an arrest at the Gratiot Road business.

"Unfortunately they were in and out of the store within a minute," said Lt. Bradley Kersten of the Chesterfield Police Department. 

From there they got  in a sport utility vehicle heading east towards Sterling Heights.

Officers joined in the pursuit around Hayes and Hall streets and following for seven miles south as the burglars make their way out of the city.

Eventually they headed west and got on I-94 south.

"The length of the pursuit and the jurisdictions that were crossed in this one, there are a lot of agencies that are interested in what has occurred here," Kersten said.

At 8 Mile and I-94 police decided to end the chase.

"The officer constantly has to weigh the method at which he is going to make the arrest," Kersten said. "And if it's probable in a vehicle pursuit, and if the risk just sometimes isn't worth the reward."

Police here in Chesterfield and the other agencies involved in the chase are hoping that if you have any information on who these four suspects may be, that you contact them immediately.
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