Police leaders like to say, 'If you see something, say something' — advice that was followed by two Naples residents and led to the quick arrests of burglary suspects in Broward County.
Their observant tips about a suspicious car led to a law enforcement chase of three men across Alligator Alley to Lauderhill on Tuesday.
It all began when a Naples homeowner spotted a black Chrysler 300 speeding and entering other residents' driveways, while another neighbor out walking his dog noted the Chrysler's license plate.
Within approximately eight minutes of responding to the break-in and getting those tips, Collier County sheriff's deputies spotted the Chrysler on Interstate 75, an incident report states.
"We're very thankful we had neighbors that cared enough to make that call that led to apprehending the suspects," said Jamie Mosbach, spokeswoman for the Collier County Sheriff's Office.
Two Fort Lauderdale police officers crashed patrol cars on their way to Tuesday's chase, and collided with a car driven by a county code enforcement officer. The police officers are recuperating from broken bones, Fort Lauderdale Detective DeAnna Greenlaw said. The code enforcement officer had aches and pains but will return to work Thursday, his office said.
After a pursuit along I-75 and part of Interstate 595 that ended in Lauderhill near St. George Park, Jeremy Marquis Thomas, 22, of Pompano Beach; Darius Rashad Hall, 22, of Lauderhill; and James Steel, 19, address unknown, were arrested by Fort Lauderdale police.
They are being held in a Broward County jail, charged with burglary and other offenses, "until their paperwork is in order," a Broward judge said Wednesday.
Among stolen and recovered items, worth more than $3,300, were medical and prescription cards, a checkbook, laptop, watches, rings, bracelets, earrings and a bucket of coins. Not recovered: a gold Gucci watch, a property report says.
Fort Lauderdale police are investigating with Collier County's deputies to determine if the trio is linked to additional incidents in either jurisdiction, Greenlaw said.
Ltrischitta@Tribune.com, 954-356-4233 or Twitter @LindaTrischittaCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun