Police arrest Saks Fifth Avenue burglary suspects after Tipton County chase, find $14K in stolen merchandise

TIPTON COUNTY, Ind. – Police arrested two people in connection with the smash-and-grab burglary at Saks Fifth Avenue at the Fashion Mall earlier this week.

Freddie Robertson, 24, and Dontay Holliday, 21, are both facing burglary and theft charges. They are both from Chicago. Investigators say they are two of six burglars who smashed a stolen car into the Saks 5th Avenue at the Fashion Mall and took off with thousands of dollars in merchandise.

“They had masks on their faces, hoods up, and gloves on,” said IMPD North District Commander Josh Barker.

Deputies with the Tipton County Sheriff’s Department arrested the pair early Monday morning just before 4 a.m.

“It was just shortly after the burglary at Saks that suspects in one of the cars headed up 65 North,” said Commander Barker.

A Tipton County deputy clocked a 2017 Nissan at 80 mph in a 55-mph zone traveling westbound on State Road 28. A short chase ensued, and they entered Clinton County. Stop sticks were applied by Clinton County deputies and the vehicle came to a stop.

Robertson and Holliday fled from the vehicle on foot, and they were apprehended a short time later.

“What originally started as a traffic stop for speeding turned into a car chase and a foot chase that ended in the arrest of two suspects for the Saks burglary,” said Commander Barker.

The sheriff’s department says they had $14,690 worth of stolen items from Saks in their car. Also, the car they were in was stolen from Hertz Rental at the O’Hare Airport in Chicago.

Police say the guys were still wearing the clothes seen on Saks surveillance footage. When Holliday saw that video, police say he confessed.

Now, investigators continue to search for the four people who got away in this smash and grab and are still looking into the possibility that they could be connected to a larger retail theft ring.

Freddie Robertson, 24, and Dontay Holliday, 21, are both facing charges. They are both from Chicago.

Robertson (left), Holliday (right)

Deputies with the Tipton County Sheriff’s Department arrested the pair early Monday morning just before 4 a.m.

A Tipton County deputy clocked a 2017 Nissan at 80 mph in a 55 mph zone traveling westbound on State Road 28. A short chase ensued, and they entered Clinton County. Stop sticks were applied by Clinton County deputies and the vehicle came to a stop.

Robertson and Holliday fled from vehicle on foot, and they were apprehended a short time later.

The sheriff’s department says they had $14,690 worth of stolen items from Saks in their car. Also, the car they were in was stolen from Hertz Rental at the O’Hare Airport in Chicago.

The two men made their first court appearance this morning.

Robertson is charged with criminal recklessness by aggressive driving; resisting arrest with a vehicle; resisting law enforcement; habitual traffic offender; stolen vehicle; and possession of stolen property (Saks merchandise)

Holliday is charged with possession of stolen property (Saks merchandise); resisting law enforcement; and stolen vehicle.

Picture from scene of crime on March 26, 2018

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