Homeowner catches burglar in act, prompting chase that leads to crash

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4 Fast Facts

  • Police arrest burglary suspect after chase
  • Resident overheard burglar inside apartment and called police
  • Pursuit led to crash on Michigan Road; suspect tried to run away
  • Police found the man at a nearby business and arrested him

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 23, 2016) – Indianapolis Metropolitan police caught a suspect accused in a home burglary after the man tried to evade officers and later crashed.

Around 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, IMPD officers were sent to the 900 block of Lake Nora Court in response to a burglary in progress. The homeowner told officers he came home to find someone had kicked in the front door. He overheard the suspect in the apartment, backed out and called police. The man told them the suspect was driving a black Pontiac Grand Am.

An on-duty officer saw the vehicle in the area of 91st and College and tried to make a traffic stop. However, the driver refused to pull over. A brief chase ensued; the suspect reached a dead end street and went through trees and heavy brush to avoid capture.

The vehicle was later spotted in the 9100 block of North Meridian Street. Officers pursued the car, which had exited from I-465 to Michigan Road. The car slammed into the back of a pickup truck at an intersection, and the suspect ditched the damaged car and tried to run.

Officers set up a perimeter and tracked him to a nearby business where he was taken into custody. Charges against the suspect will likely include burglary, resisting arrest and driving on a suspended license, police said.

The driver of the other vehicle wasn’t seriously hurt. Officers recovered most of the items stolen from the home, including a TV.

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