Accident Ends Apparent Burglary Spree

(Southaven, MS) Apparent thieves making a break for it got a bad break when they ran a red light at Stateline and Airways Wednesday morning.

It all started earlier on a street in Southaven’s Greenbrook subdivision and a suspicious truck that caught Sandra Ballad’s eye.

She watched while it pulled up in front of a neighbor’s home and one of them got out and walked behind the house.

Then the commotion started.

”He was running with the flat screen TV. He jumped in the truck, backed all the way down the cove, I’d say about 30 miles an hour,” said Ballard.

Another neighbor saw the tag number and called police.

Before long, a K-9 officer spotted the truck, but kept his distance.

The men in the truck though, saw the blue lights several cars behind them and panicked.

They ran the light, slamming into an unidentified Memphis firefighter.

”After they had the accident they both bailed out and ran on foot.A K-9 unit did get one of ‘em. The other one was caught just behind the warehouses,” explained Southaven Deputy Police Chief Steve Pirtle.

All suffered relatively minor injuries.

Turns out, the two in the truck are suspected in several break in’s at the DeSoto Athletic Club, and a burglary the night before in Southaven.

They’ll face multiple criminal charges, as well as a traffic charge for the accident.

Neighbors say they’re glad their quick response and that of the police caught the men.

”It shocks me. They caught ‘em fast, very fast, thanks to my neighbor,” Ballard said with a sigh.

Neighbors and police say it pays to keep an eye out for crime.

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