Saline police arrested six men suspected of breaking into the Manchester Pharmacy Dec. 15. The suspects may be involved in other burglaries of pharmacies and phone stores in Southeast Michigan.
Early in the morning Dec. 15 Washtenaw County Sheriff was dispatched to a break-in at the Manchester Pharmacy. About 20 minutes prior, Saline Police Officer Chris Boulter was stationed at Michigan Avenue when he observed two vehicles, a gray minivan and white Dodge Charger, heading west-bound toward Manchester. After the break-in officer Boulter went to Michigan and Austin to watch for suspicious vehicles heading back east. After about 20 minutes, he spotted the same two vehicles eastbound on Austin Road.
Boulter called Saline dispatch to request another vehicle. Boulter followed the vehicles into town. Sgt. Andrew Hartwig met the vehicles at Harris Street. Dispatcher Terry Seames notified Pittsfield Police.
At Michigan Avenue and Platt Road, with Pittsfield Police vehicles in place, Boulter stopped the minivan. Sgt. Hartwig stopped the Charger about a quarter mile west.
Police determined three of the four men in the van were wanted on warrants. A fourth man was suspected of providing a false name. All four were arrested. Police recovered black cloth gloves and black stocking hats from the van.
Sgt. Hartwig found a yellow crow bar and large quantity of prescription pills in the trunk of the Charger. The two men, from Detroit at St. Clair Shores, in the vehicle were arrested.
Both vehicles were impounded.
According to the Saline Police report, there have been numerous break-ins linked to a crew of black males using yellow crowbars.
Saline Police Chief Larry Hrinik credited Officer Boulter for good police work.