A juvenile suspect is facing charges of conspiracy to commit a felony, burglary, eluding and motor-vehicle theft following a series of property-related crimes that occurred on the morning Feb. 20
At approximately 5:07 a.m., Arlington police were dispatched to the report of a vehicle tampering in the 2000 block of North Cameron Street, after an individual reported seeing four individuals associated with a Chevrolet Camaro trying door handles of parked vehicles in the area.
A responding officer located the suspect vehicle, with two other vehicles following closely behind, and attempted a traffic stop. The drivers disregarded the officer’s signal and fled the scene at a high rate of speed, police said.
Additional officers attempted to stop the vehicles on North Culpeper Street, where the driver of a sedan with Maryland temporary tags accelerated toward them, attempted to strike an officer who was on foot, and crashed into a police cruiser. No officers were injured.
The suspects fled the area onto Lee Highway, where officers located the vehicles and initiated a pursuit.
The Camaro crashed into the median in the 2400 block of Washington Boulevard and, following a brief foot pursuit, the driver was taken into custody.
The third involved vehicle, a black Mercedes, was located unoccupied in the 100 block of North Edgewood Street. A perimeter was established and officers, with aerial support from the United States Park Police, conducted an extensive search for the driver with negative results.
The investigation revealed the Camaro had been stolen earlier in the morning from the 900 block of North Livingston Street. An additional vehicle on North Livingston had been entered, rummaged through and cash was stolen.
The Mercedes was determined to be stolen from the 1800 block of North Cameron Street. Upon speaking with the victim, it was learned that the suspects had entered a separate unlocked vehicle, located a garage door opener and made entry into their residence from the garage. Once inside, the suspects stole a purse containing keys to the Mercedes and fled the scene in the vehicle before being located by officers.
This incident is being investigated as related to a similar residential burglary reported on Feb. 19.