GRAND CHUTE — The Grand Chute Police Department is working with Kaukauna police and several other law enforcement agencies in an attempt to locate robbery suspects after they fled from officers.

The three men remain on the loose after evading police Thursday.

Because a firearm was used during the robbery, Outagamie County sent out an alert requesting residents in the area to shelter in place. After several hours of searching, the suspects were not located.

Detectives with the Grand Chute Police Department say the incident began when they located three suspects involved in a robbery in a vehicle being driven on the east side of Appleton.

Officers from the Fox Valley Metro Police Department attempted to stop the vehicle on French Road at W. Evergreen Drive but the vehicle sped off, according to a news release.

A short while later, an officer from the Grand Chute Police Department located the vehicle traveling westbound on E. Edgewood Drive at a high rate of speed.

The officer pursued the vehicle in an attempt to stop the suspects, but a short time later, officers discovered the suspect vehicle abandoned on W. Deerview Drive and it was determined the occupants ran from the vehicle.

Officers from several jurisdictions set up a perimeter in the area and used numerous resources in an attempt to locate the suspects.

Investigators have identified the three suspects. However, in order to preserve the integrity of the investigation, their names have not be released that this time.

This investigation is ongoing and investigators are actively following up on leads as to the whereabouts of the suspects.

Anyone with information regarding this incident, please contact the Grand Chute Police Department in one of the following ways:

• Calling the department at 920-832-1575
• Texting your tip by texting “TIPGCPD” followed by your tip to 847411 (TIP411)
• Through the Grand Chute Police app

The Grand Chute Police Department was assisted Fox Valley Metro Police Department, Kaukauna Police Department, Appleton Police Department, Outagamie County Sheriff’s Office, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and the Wisconsin State Patrol for their assistance.

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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.