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5 in custody after shoplifting at Ulta in Green Oak Township, police say

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Posted at 6:34 AM, Jan 13, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-18 15:18:18-05

GREEN OAK TOWNSHIP, MI (WXYZ) — Five people have been arrested in connection to the string of crimes taking place at Ulta stores across metro Detroit.

According to police, the make-up franchise has been the target of thieves for quite some time. On Thursday, Ulta's Green Oak Township location was hit by thieves. Prior to that, thieves stole from their Sterling Heights, Warren, and Troy stores.

An alleged crime ring was busted in Green Oak Township on Thursday night.

“We got shots fired by police and a pedestrian hit,” police can be heard saying on the scanner.

The intense scene unfolded at the Green Oak Township Ulta Store at around 8:10 p.m. It started when police were alerted by staff that five women were stealing from the location. Police say when they responded to the scene, the suspects fled the store with stolen property.

One suspect fled on foot, while others took off in separate vehicles, MSP wrote on Twitter.

They say a trooper then attempted to take the suspect who ran into custody when a vehicle involved drove directly at the trooper. He then fired his weapon at the vehicle. Only the car was struck during the shooting, MSP says.

Early this week police were searching for three women connected to the Ulta theft in Warren: 43-year-old Sarah Ann Judge of Grand Haven, 28-year-old Tiara Martinique of Grand Rapids, and 26-year-old Jasmine Deana Phillips of Wyoming, Michigan.

It’s not known at this time if these are the same three women who were recently apprehended in Green Oak Township.

Michigan State Police say that Green Oak Township Police will be investigating the incident. The five suspects are lodged at the Livingston County jail.