MARQUETTE COUNTY, Mich. (WJMN) – According to a Marquette County Sheriff’s Office Facebook post, a suspect is in custody after hijacking one of the sheriff office’s vehicles.
Sheriff Greg Zyburt was attending an early morning interview with Mark and Walt on Sunny 101.9 when he discovered his marked patrol vehicle missing. After checking for his keys and found them on his belt, he thought one of his deputies was playing a joke on him.
Zyburt called his road lieutenant asking where they moved his vehicle. The lieutenant told him he had no idea what he was talking about. During their phone conversation, someone reported to Central Dispatch of a marked police vehicle in the ditch on Forestville Road.
“In the 40 years, Once I left my car running at the state police post and as a someone had moved it and when I was at Chocolay [Township Police], I did the same thing so I now lock my doors and I knew I locked it so I don’t know how he got in,” said Sheriff Zyburt. “Luckily no one was hurt. There were no guns in the car and it was interesting to see how the department… everyone came in on the scene, the officers, they contained the scene, got the dog out there. The dog went right to it. We got our detectives, the CSI, crime scene investigation they were doing the prints in the car so it was great to see everyone in action doing the things and it worked.”
Deputies and their K-9 Deja were dispatched to the scene of the crash. Within 10 minutes, Deja was on track and located the suspect in a restroom at the Forestville boat launch.
“We got the dog out at the scene,” said Sheriff Zyburt. “He gets the dog out of the truck, puts it right where the stolen truck is and that dog takes off into the woods like it’s after a rabbit and it takes them right to the guy. After that, Forsyth [Township Police] called with a stolen 4-wheeler and they needed the dog and the dog found that guy too so we got a really good dog.”
The suspect has been taken into custody and charged with Unlawful Driving Away of an Automobile.
An extra set of keys were inside the patrol vehicle. This was unknown to Sheriff Zyburt.
It is unknown at this time how the suspect gained entrance to the vehicle.
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