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Police arrest five in local break-ins after chase

(Photo courtesy of Killeen Police Department)
(Photo courtesy of Killeen Police Department)(KWTX)
Published: Dec. 4, 2016 at 12:30 PM CST
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After a brief chase Sunday morning, Killeen police arrested five suspects in connection with burglaries at two Star Mart convenience stores.

The chase ended in the area of Trimmier and Stan Schlueter when three black males got out of the car and attempted to run away.

Police were able to catch them and transport them to the Killeen City Jail.

Officers first responded to the Star Mart at 4402 Watercrest Drive Sunday morning around 4:46 a.m. after receiving a 911 call from a resident who heard a loud noise and saw a large opening in the front of the store.

According to a press release issued Sunday, the caller saw several subjects running from the inside of the store with stolen merchandise.

They saw the suspects get into a silver pickup and leave the area, but officers could not locate the suspects.

About 30 minutes later, officers received another call from the owner of the Star Mart at 5504 Bunny Trail, who said his alarm went off, and he had video of several suspects who broke into the business and were stealing items from the store.

The owner said the suspects also were attempting to steal the ATM from inside the store.

Police said the suspects were in a silver pickup.

When officers responded, they found an occupied silver Chevrolet Malibu sitting near the area where the burglary was taking place.

The car fled the area at a high speed, and refused to stop when police attempted to pull the vehicle over.

After three males ran from the vehicle, police caught and arrested the 20-year-old, 25-year-old, and 18-year-old suspects.

Police also arrested a 32-year-old black female who was driving the vehicle, and her 16-year-old son, who was a passenger.

Police later found the silver Ford F250 that was stolen Saturday night from the 100 block of W. Central Texas Expressway.

Officers found evidence from both Star Mart burglaries in the pickup as well as the Malibu.

The three adult males and the adult female were transported to the Killeen City Jail. The juvenile male was transported to the Bell County Juvenile Detention Center.

The names of the adult suspects have been withheld pending formal charges have been issued by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office.

The name of the 16-year-old male will not be released due to his age.