Fraud suspect leads police on 2 county chase
Updated: Thursday, April 4 2013, 07:25 PM EDT
VICKSBURG, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Police say a woman they suspect of cashing several bad checks at bank in Three Rivers on Wednesday returned to the bank Thursday and when they tried to arrest her a pursuit started.
The woman was able to get away from Three Rivers Police, was later spotted by St. Joseph County deputies but then also eluded them.
The suspect was then spotted Thursday afternoon driving into Vicksburg. But with a series of twists and turns the woman again managed to escape police.
Later her car, a white KIA, turned up abandoned on Wilson Road on the east side of town.
"We set up a perimeter and we tried to locate the woman. We walked through the town, talked to a lot of people. In the end after about an hour and a half we were unable to locate her," says Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Paul Matyas.
Eventually the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office did take down its perimeter around Vicksburg but deputies don't think the suspect will get far.
"We suspect the person is not from the town here, not even from the area. If that person does show up in town here we're gonna get a call right away because she's gonna stick out like a sore thumb," says Matyas.
Police have the registration from the car so they think they know who they're looking for. They think she is from the Grand Rapids area and could be part of a larger ring of people committing fraud in Vicksburg and Three Rivers.
She is described as a white woman with dark blonde hair about 5 feet tall, 120 pounds.