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Fugitives from Vassar Treatment Center allegedly stole car, led police in pursuit in Dearborn | New

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VASSAR, Mich. (WJRT) — “It’s a crazy story, from start to finish, like it’s just one of those things that comes out of a movie,” says Bay County’s Marissa Kratz.

This crazy story started in Vassar with a stolen car and ended with a police chase in the Detroit area that ended in him being smashed into a fence.

Two people are believed to have walked away from a juvenile drug treatment center in Vassar and stole the car.

The car belongs to Kratz, who was in the process of moving house, which is usually a stressful business.

And then his vehicle disappeared.

Kratz was so happy when she bought her Malibu a few years ago that she had her picture taken with it on the hood.

She parked this car on Sheridan Street in Vassar last Monday, in exchange for a friend’s truck while she was moving house.

“I had to leave my car overnight to move the rest of my stuff,” says Kratz.

Thinking she would be back in a few hours, she left the keys in the car. A cracked water pipe in his apartment delayed his return.

The next morning she was informed that her car was gone.

“I was skeptical at first wondering if it had been towed,” Kratz says.

She called the Vassar police. Wednesday morning, the police called her back.

“They stole my car, then took it to Dearborn and started a police chase,” she says.

The “they” in this story are two young people who were at Wolverine’s Human Services campus in Vassar.

It’s an unsecured residential drug treatment facility for minors and they apparently walked a few miles and stole Kratz’s car.

Tuscola County District Attorney Mark Reene confirms the two minors, two other minors and an adult were arrested in Dearborn after a police chase, which ended in a crushing into a fence.

The police investigation continues. Kratz says Wolverine management apologized for the steps.

“They offered a week’s rental and $100 in gas cards,” says Kratz.

“It’s part of life at Vassar,” says Chris Oprea.

He lives a few houses away from where the car was stolen and worked at Wolverine and says he enjoyed his time there and the teenagers were no problem for him.

“They’re a long way from home and we’re really in the middle of nowhere here, so I think a lot of them, let’s see if I can get there, they usually don’t,” Oprea says.

Kratz says police say his car has damage to the front end but is drivable. She doesn’t know when she will get it back.

Moving can be stressful and then there’s Marissa’s story.

“I have to laugh about it, it’s like a soap opera,” she says.

I left a phone message for Wolverine Human Resources, but got no response.