VIDEO: Burglars' Escape Attempt Ends In Rollover Crash After PIT Maneuver
Greenfield, WI – Greenfield police have arrested four burglary suspects accused of stealing over $1 million worth of merchandise in at least three different states, (video below).
“For the past few months, we’ve had a prolific group of burglars striking large-chain department stores and electronic stores,” Greenfield Assistant Police Chief David Patrick said during a press conference. “To this date, there’s over 25 burglaries in three different states, totaling over a million dollars.”
The offenders, all of whom were from Indiana and Illinois, were captured after a harrowing high-speed pursuit on Sept. 8.
At approximately 4 a.m., Greenfield police received a report of a burglary alarm at the Best Buy store on South 76th St, Chief Patrick said.
When officers arrived, they spotted a van leaving the rear area of the store without its headlights on.
They attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver “took off at a high rate of speed” onto the interstate, according to Chief Patrick.
Dashcam footage showed the officers as they pursued the van at speeds of up to 70 miles per hour.
A short while later, one officer performed a pursuit intervention technique (PIT) maneuver, which sent the suspect vehicle careening across the roadway and into a median.
The van slammed into the concrete barrier, then spun and rolled over until it came to rest back on all four wheels, the video showed.
Officers immediately surrounded the vehicle and quickly took the suspects into custody.
Some of the alleged burglars were still wearing gloves and masks when they were arrested, WITI reported.
They were transported to a local hospital, and have all been medically cleared, Chief Patrick said.
Investigators found a large quantity of stolen merchandise inside the van, along with other incriminating evidence.
The suspects were later identified as Michael Durkins, 18, Jason Harris, 19, Kentrell Stepps, 41, and Richard Listenbee, 43, according to WTMJ.
They have all been charged with fleeing an officer and burglarizing a building.
They face up to 12 years in prison and a $25,000 fine if they are convicted of the charges against them.
Chief Patrick said that investigators have been combing through hundreds of hours of store surveillance footage, and that they believe there are other suspects involved in the large-scale burglary ring.
You can watch daschcam footage of the pursuit in the video below: