Authorities in Battle Creek are investigating a car theft at a local dealership that led to a drug arrest, but the suspected thief is still on the loose. The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office says the burglary occurred at Sunshine Toyota on Dickman Road at around 6:30 Tuesday morning.

Deputies say a white male entered through the rear service door at the business and stole a customer’s vehicle that was there to be repaired. At around 9:00am, the stolen vehicle was located and stopped on I-94 near Helmer Rd. by a Battle Creek City Police Officer. A 31-year-old Battle Creek man was arrested for outstanding warrants and possession of the stolen vehicle. Detectives determined that the vehicle had been stolen and then traded for narcotics. A small amount of additional stolen property was found in the vehicle.

Authorities are still working on identifying the suspect involved in the burglary (shown in the surveillance photo above). Anyone with any additional information to contact the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office at 269-781-0880 or Silent Observer at 269-781-9700.