Mattawan Police arrest two and recover arsenal of stolen firearms and ammunition

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Paul Garrod • news4garrod@vineyardpress.biz
A variety of stolen guns, pistols, and ammunition were inventoried at the Mattawan Village Hall Tuesday, following an early morning chase that resulted in the apprehension of two people. Courier-Leader photo/Paul Garrod

   MATTAWAN - An early Tuesday morning police call for a suspicious vehicle in the Village of Mattawan, eventually led authorities on a high-speed chase and resulted in the apprehension of two people and a variety of stolen guns, pistols, and ammunition, according to the Mattawan Police Department.
   Mattawan Village Police Chief Scott Herbert said a Village of Mattawan police officer responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint shortly before 5 a.m. Herbert said an individual had noticed dome lights on inside a vehicle that was  parked at their residence.
    As the officer arrived at the scene, he heard a nearby vehicle door slam. The officer then went to check on that vehicle, when it drove away with no lights on. The officer pursued the vehicle, then activated its overhead lights, when the suspect’s vehicle went through a stop sign.
   Traveling at a high rate of speed, the suspect vehicle then  crashed in the 67000 block of County Road 652. Two of three individuals, including one juvenile, in the van then fled the scene, but were later apprehended by authorities.
   Herbert  said the guns and ammunition as well as the van the three were traveling in  were reported stolen from the Lawton area.
   Assisting at the scene were the Michigan State Police and the MSP K-9 Unit, The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office, and Lawton and Paw Paw police departments. 

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