By Pat Maurer
Two Mt. Pleasant teens may be facing charges for stealing a vehicle in Mt. Pleasant January 27.
According to the stolen vehicle’s owner, Danielle Blain of Farwell, the two teens reported missing in Isabella County January 26, were caught on camera in her vehicle leaving the Walgreen’s North parking lot around 7:51 p.m. Sunday, January 27 by a surveillance camera.
According to information from the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, The two, 13-year-old Audrey Michelle Elliott and Monica Leann Clark, 15, were located Monday, January 29 at a home in Flint. They were uninjured.
They were reported missing around 10 p.m. on Saturday night from a home on East Tomah Road, on the Isabella Reservation. According to the release from Tribal Police, Elliott is a member of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe.
According to the SCIT press release, foul play was “not suspected,” and the pair were “considered voluntarily missing.” It also said “Police have reason to believe that the two may have acquired a vehicle locally and were headed to the Flint, Michigan area.”
That was the only mention of the Blain’s stolen vehicle in any news release or articles, Danielle said. She reported that the stolen vehicle was found at a home in the Flint area and said she believes that’s where the missing girls were found. “We were told they have been charged and are being detained at a juvenile detention center in Midland,” she said.
Blain, who works at the Walgreen store on the corner of Pickard and Mission Streets, said that around 7:45 p.m. just before finishing her shift, she had gone out to start and warm up her vehicle, a 2004 Saturn she and her husband Christopher had purchased about three weeks before. When she left the store about 15 minutes later and went out to the parking lot to go home, the car was gone. “It wasn’t locked,” she said, “I didn’t have a spare key.” She said a store surveillance video showed the teenagers leaving the parking lot in the stolen car at 7:51 p.m.
She said they reported the vehicle stolen to the police immediately and reported the theft to the vender where they bought the car the next day. The lender contacted police with its location through the use of a “GPS locator” and engine “kill switch.” Blain said damages to the recovered vehicle were estimated at $6,200 and included scratches, damage to front and rear bumpers, as some missing equipment from the vehicle and a missing exhaust system, which had been cut off and removed. The Blains have started making repairs to the vehicle.
“We were extremely happy to get the vehicle back despite all of the costs incurred,” Blain said. “Especially with our daughter’s things, which had been put in the trunk.” She said the car was not fully insured.