A 19-year-old Detroit man has been charged with stealing Mustangs from the Ford Flat Rock assembly plant.
On Friday, Wayne County District Attorney Kym Worthy charged Robert Anthony Smith for his alleged role in the robberies.
The incident happened shortly after 3 a.m. on June 16, when Flat Rock police were notified of the theft of several Mustang GTs from the factory, located near Gibraltar Road and I-75.
Initial investigation revealed that five Mustangs were stolen from the factory while driving past a Ford security guard posted at a gate. It was later discovered that six cars were missing.
While patrolling the area of Outer Drive and the I-75 freeway in Melvindale, Michigan State Police troopers located Smith traveling north on I-75 and attempted to carry out a roadside check.
It is alleged that Smith fled from officers at high speed before being apprehended on the westbound I-96 freeway near Martin Luther King Boulevard in Detroit.
Smith was charged with one count of receiving and concealing – $20,000 or more; one count of unlawful operation of a motor vehicle; and one count of flight in the fourth degree.
Smith was arraigned Friday afternoon in the 36th District Court and given a $10,000 personal bond, along with a GPS tether.
A probable cause conference is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on June 20 and his preliminary hearing is set for 8:45 a.m. on July 6, before Judge Kenyetta Stanford Jones.
The Ford Motor Company reported a total of six stolen Mustangs, three of which were recovered. The three unrecovered Mustangs are said to be Brittany blue and gray.
Anyone with information about these thefts is asked to contact the Flat Rock Police Department Detective’s Office at 734-782-2496 Ext. 2302.