Police in Livonia, Michigan have arrested eight men after allegedly catching them in the act trying to steal Ford F-150 pickup trucks from a secured lot.
According to The Detroit News, law enforcement officers received a tip that a lot full of Ford F-150 light-duty pickup trucks had been targeted. On December 15th, they set up surveillance of the lot. By 9pm, three vehicles had showed up at the location and the eight suspects emerged, one of them cutting the gate lock with a pair of bolt-cutters. At that point, law enforcement swarmed the lot and arrested all eight of the men.
The eight alleged would-be Ford F-150 thieves have been identified as: Andre Dominque Cousins (24), Armani Thomas-Taylor Hatchett (18), Bernard Lamount Wilkerson (25), Darnell Rush (19), Deshawn Lapeace Landers (25), Jalen Ira Johnson (20), Jimmy Lee Harris (24), and Tommie Nathiel Lee Vaughn (21). All are residents of Detroit, and among them, Cousins, Wilkerson, and Landers have been identified as habitual offenders.
The Detroit News reports that each of the accused would-be Ford F-150 thieves has been charged with conspiracy to commit Unauthorized Driving Away of an Automobile (UDAA), and conspiracy to commit Receiving and Concealing Stolen Property (RCSP) over $20,000, as well as attempted UDAA and attempted RCSP.
In addition, one of the three vehicles driven to the lot by the suspects had already been reported stolen.