Capt. Mark Bennett of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department said the teens were spotted going through cars parked outside the Wellspring Church on Bauer Road in Georgetown Township during a worship service. When officers arrived, the suspects fled in a car, but it became stuck in a snowbank.
A 17-year-old girl was driving the car and was arrested. The passenger, a 16-year-old boy, fled on foot but was soon caught by deputies.
Bennett said the pair, along with several other suspects, are believed to have been involved in a rash of larcenies from parked vehicles in eastern Ottawa County during the past few weeks. He said the locations of the vehicles included several churches. The thieves took cash, credit cards and other valuables, and used the credit cards at local retailers immediately after the thefts.
Madison Lane Sutherlin, 17, of Georgetown Township was arraigned on charges of larceny from vehicles and fraudulent use of credit cards. She is lodged in the Ottawa County Jail on a $3,000 bond.
Bennett said charges for the boy will be sought in juvenile court.
The case remains open and more arrests are likely, Bennett said.