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Stop Stick News: Top 10 News Stories 02/05/24 – Teen Car Thieves run rampant, Designer Bag Raid Thwarted, and a Dark Web Plot Stopped.

February 5, 2024

By: Zach Madden

Category: Stop Stick News

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02/04/24

Two suspects charged with theft after napa outlet handbag heist leads to high speed chase California

Hoodline.com by Eileen Vargas https://hoodline.com/2024/02/two-suspects-charged-with-theft-after-napa-outlet-handbag-heist-leads-to-high-speed-chase/

Handbag heist halted: Two suspects busted after Napa outlet robbery, cops say.

A pair of purse pilferers were pinched in Napa after allegedly swiping a stash of handbags from a Kate Spade store and leading police on a high-speed chase, authorities reported.

The duo, identified as Raymond Albert Rodriguez, 30, and Jaden James Smith, 23, allegedly made off with an entire wall of purses on Saturday afternoon, before peeling out in a white BMW with temp plates.

A sergeant from the American Canyon Police Department (ACPD) spotted the getaway car barreling down SR29, igniting a chase through city streets, the department said.

The chase, which saw officers deploy stop sticks to slow the BMW, ended near Hwy 37 when cops lost sight of the suspects.

However, the car was later found in the parking lot of Six Flags, leading to the quick capture of Rodriguez and Smith, thanks to surveillance footage and assistance from the Vallejo PD, according to the ACPD.

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02/03/23


2 teens arrested in connection to vehicles stolen at gas pumps in Woodbridge, West Haven Connecticut

NBC Connecticut https://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/2-teens-arrested-in-connection-to-vehicles-stolen-at-gas-pumps-in-woodbridge-west-haven/3210152/

Two teens have been arrested in connection to multiple vehicles that were stolen from gas pumps in Woodbridge and West Haven on Friday afternoon.

The first vehicle was stolen shortly after 4 p.m. from Woodbridge. Police there said they notified several agencies about the stolen Audi heading from their town towards New Haven.

About 20 minutes later, officers said a woman was pumping gas into her Hyundai when a teenage male entered her car and drove away. While attempting to stop the theft, the woman suffered minor injuries.

A few minutes later, police said a black Cadillac was stolen from the Noble gas station on Boston Post Road in West Haven while someone was pumping gas.

The driver of the Cadillac hit a vehicle on Saw Mill Road. All of the people inside of the vehicle then fled.

According to police, the original Audi from Woodbridge was later seen on Saw Mill Road picking up the people who fled from the Cadillac.

A police sergeant attempted to stop the Audi, but stopped the attempt when the vehicle continued onto Interstate 95.

During the investigation, authorities said they found the Audi on the I-95 south rest stop.

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02/03/24

Dark web users and police eluders arrested in Southwest Florida – California

myMotherLode.com  https://www.mymotherlode.com/news/local/3299509/spike-strips-use-to-stop-chase-in-amador-county.html

This weekly segment of WINK Neighborhood Watch features a man who dove out of a moving vehicle during a police pursuit, stolen water systems and nearly $25,000 worth of illegal charges with the help of the dark web.

Ortiz Ernesto was arrested after allegedly fleeing from police who used a “stop sticks” maneuver to stop him.

According to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, on Wednesday, an officer responded to the area of Vanderbilt Drive about a mutual aid request.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office advised 24-year-old Ortiz Ernesto of Bonita Springs, who was driving a white four-door Ford Explorer, ran from a traffic stop heading south on Old U.S. 41 from Bonita Beach Road driving around 85 miles per hour.

Deputies activated their emergency lights and sirens, Ernesto’s vehicle then continued to speed in an attempt to evade police toward Tamiami Trail north.

Deputies in the area deployed stop sticks, which struck the vehicle’s tires.

The car continued north, still failing to stop, and eventually turned right onto Old U.S. 41.

The stop sticks damaged the car’s front tires, which caused it to drive into the opposite lanes of traffic.

At one point, the vehicle slowed slightly, and the passenger jumped out of the passenger side of the vehicle, rolling into the grass.

 

 

02/02/24


5 teens arrested in NE Vancouver stolen car chase Washington

https://www.kptv.com – https://www.kptv.com/2024/02/03/5-teens-arrested-ne-vancouver-stolen-car-chase/

VANCOUVER Wash. (KPTV) – Five teenagers were arrested after eluding officers for 30 hours in a stolen car, beginning Wednesday evening.

Around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Clark County Sheriff’s Office deputies were made aware of a stolen 2017 Hyundai Elantra that was being followed by the owner of the car heading south on northeast 117th Avenue in the Orchards area.

The owner of the stolen car reported to dispatch that the driver of the stolen car pointed a gun at him at one point while following it. The owner stopped following his car.

In the following 30 hours, the car was found by law enforcement several times and fled.

On Friday morning, the car was found driving near northeast 49th Street and 112th Avenue. A deputy attempted a traffic stop and the Hyundai sped up. CCSO deputies were able to use spike strips on the car on northeast 122 Avenue north of Northeast 49th street.

The driver continued to drive on flat tires. Vancouver police spotted the car at northeast 162nd Avenue and northeast 39th street and continued to follow it until the car came to a stop in the front yard of a home.

 

02/02/24


Chase of stolen car ends in capture of suspects at Del Mar Gate in The Villages – Florida

by Staff Report  – https://www.villages-news.com/2024/02/02/stolen-car-chase-ends-with-capture-at-del-mar-gate-in-the-villages/

One of the suspects was being led away after being apprehended Friday morning near the Del Mar Gate.

The pursuit began in Marion County with deputies, assisted by a helicopter, chasing a green Kia Soul that was reportedly stolen sometime Thursday from the Kohl’s store at Lady Lake Crossing. The stolen car was initially taken to Marion County and was heading back to The Villages during the Friday morning pursuit. Marion County deputies, who were assisted in the pursuit by other law enforcement personnel, used stop sticks to puncture the car’s two front tires which were deflated when a woman and a man who had been traveling in the car were taken into custody. Their identities were not immediately released by law enforcement.

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02/02/24


Chase from Kannapolis into Charlotte linked to construction site thefts, 2 arrested – North Carolina

by Robin Kanady  – https://www.qcnews.com/charlotte/ncshp-cmpd-stop-truck-in-midtown-friday-morning/ 

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (QUEEN CITY NEWS) – Two men are facing charges after leading authorities on a chase in a rental truck with stolen appliances from Kannapolis into Charlotte overnight.

Kannapolis Police confirm with Queen City News the two suspects “faked heart attacks” before they were ultimately taken into custody.

Police said the ordeal began around 2:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 2. Officers got a call that several men were loading a rental truck with stolen appliances from a new housing development near Concord Lake Road. As officers arrived at the scene, the rental truck sped away.

Authorities with Kannapolis Police and the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office followed the truck from Concord into Midland, and eventually into Charlotte, where they were taken into custody.

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02/01/24

2 Juveniles Charged In Vehicle Theft From Liquor Store: Meriden Police Connecticut

Meriden, CT Patch – https://patch.com/connecticut/meriden/2-juveniles-charged-vehicle-theft-liquor-store-meriden-police

Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s deputies on Wednesday chased a man exhibiting suicidal behavior across Acadiana after attempts to negotiate failed.

Deputies responded to an order of protection from the Vermilion Parish Coroner’s Office around 2 p.m. Wednesday, according to a news release. It was related to an unnamed man on West Oak Street in Abbeville.

Upon arrival, the man was in his vehicle with what deputies believed to be a box cutter in hand. A perimeter was set up around the distressed man and deputies attempted to negotiate.

A half-hour later, the man’s vehicle lurched forward, the press release said. Deputies quickly rushed to the vehicle after the man took the box cutter and began cutting his neck.

 

The man drove off before deputies could reach him. Deputies and Abbeville police officers gave chase as the man drove through Kaplan, west of Abbeville, and north on Louisiana Highway 13 toward Crowley.

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01/25/23

MSP: 4 arrested in Camden Township burglary Michigan

Hillsdale Daily News – https://www.hillsdale.net/story/news/crime/2024/02/02/msp-4-arrested-in-camden-township-burglary/72437297007/

CAMDEN TWP. — The Michigan State Police arrested four men from Battle Creek on Tuesday after a burglary in Camden Township.

Troopers responded to a business alarm in the twilight hours of Wednesday, Jan. 30, and arrived to find a number of suspects wearing ski masks that fled from the scene in a vehicle.

A pursuit led troopers into Branch County and stop sticks were used in Coldwater to stop the men’s vehicle.

An investigation showed that four suspects — whose names are not being released until their arraignments Feb. 2 in 2B District Court — were all in violation of breaking and entering a building with intent to commit larceny, possession of burglar tools, fleeing police and unlawfully driving away an automobile.

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02/01/23

Bonita Springs man arrested after jumping out of car during police pursuit Florida

by Carolina Guzman  – https://winknews.com/2024/02/01/man-arrested-in-bonita-springs-after-fleeing-from-police/

A man has been arrested after allegedly fleeing from police who used a “stop sticks” maneuver to stop him.

According to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, on Wednesday, an officer responded to the area of Vanderbilt Drive about a mutual aid request.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office advised 24-year-old Ortiz Ernesto of Bonita Springs, who was driving a white four-door Ford Explorer, ran from a traffic stop heading south on Old U.S. 41 from Bonita Beach Road driving around 85 miles per hour.

Deputies activated their emergency lights and sirens, Ernesto’s vehicle then continued to speed in an attempt to evade police toward Tamiami Trail north.

Deputies in the area deployed stop sticks, which struck the vehicle’s tires.

The car continued north, still failing to stop, and eventually turned right onto Old U.S. 41.

The stop sticks damaged the car’s front tires, which caused it to drive into the opposite lanes of traffic.

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01/30/23


5 teens arrested after running from stolen car in St. Paul Florida

by Kyle Brown  – https://kstp.com/kstp-news/local-news/5-teens-arrested-after-running-from-stolen-car-in-st-paul/

Police say five minors ranging in age from 13 to 17 were brought into custody Tuesday afternoon after they scrambled from a stolen vehicle that was brought to a halt in St. Paul.

According to the Minneapolis Police Department, a silver Mercedes-Benz sedan that had been reported as carjacked was spotted in north Minneapolis and tracked to St. Paul. When the car exited Interstate 94 onto Dale Avenue, it drove over stop sticks placed in the road.

Squad cars encircled the Mercedes, and the suspect driver proceeded to ram them. Eventually, the five juveniles — a 17-year-old boy, a 17-year-old girl, two 16-year-old boys and a 13-year-old girl — hopped out and ran away. Officers rounded them up, arrested them and booked them into the Ramsey County Juvenile Detention Center.

Police say two guns were recovered during the encounter.

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