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MSP finds origin of cup in break-in, chase investigation

BELDING, Mich. — Michigan State Police have determined where a cup involved in their investigation of a break-in and chase came from.

Ionia County Central Dispatch posted a photo of a cup and asked citizens to help figure out what business sells it in the areas surrounding Belding and Greenville, or Montcalm and Kent counties. Tuesday afternoon, the business was identified.

The investigation started around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday in Fairplain Township in Montcalm County. Authorities said a homeowner reported seeing three suspects breaking into a shed and had a handgun pointed at him.

When authorities got to the scene, the suspects led them on a chase for several miles into Ionia County and resulted in two cruisers crashing. Two troopers suffered minor injuries.

At some point, the suspects abandoned the vehicle in Belding and fled on foot.

Authorities have arrested 21-year-old Antonio LaBanca and 19-year-old Casey Stapp after a search throughout the morning.  They are working to identify a third suspect.

Photos of Antonio LaBanca (left) and Casey Stapp.

Authorities said the suspects are considered armed and dangerous and advise residents to exercise extreme caution and to call 911 if they see them.

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