Two in custody following burglary and pursuit involving hit and run
MELBOURNE, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
Two suspects are in custody following a midday burglary that set off a sequence of events which left a motorcyclist injured.
Just before 1 p.m. Wednesday, a 911 call was received reporting that a motorcycle had been stolen from home in the 3200 block of Haddon Ave SE. The caller said three suspects fled -- one on the motorcycle and two in a red Dodge Intrepid.
After seeing multiple police units in the area one of the suspects ditched the motorcycle in the area of Rhapsody St. and at some point reconnected with the other suspects in the Dodge Intrepid.
A Palm Bay officer, in an unmarked unit, spotted the Intrepid in the area of Port Malabar Blvd and U.S. 1, moving "at a high rate of speed and in a reckless manner." The officer said the driver of the Intrepid cut off a motorcyclist, who then lost control of his bike and suffered serious, but non life-threatening, injuries. The Palm Bay officer stopped to render aid to that motorcyclist and the suspects were able to flee.
Melbourne Police were on alert when they spotted the Intrepid in their jurisdiction. Melbourne officers were following the car when the driver crashed into several mailboxes and a home.
Two suspects were captured and charged with burglary, grand theft, resisting, hit and run with serious injury and other charges from Melbourne jurisdiction. A subsequent search of the vehicle yielded what appeared to be stolen property from multiple burglaries.
The investigation is ongoing and the search for the two other suspects continues. Anyone with information should contact the Central Florida Crimeline at 1800423TIPS