by: Mike Petchenik Updated:
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. - Three suspects arrested after a high-speed chase through north Fulton County could be behind a string of recent burglaries, police told Channel 2's Mike Petchenik.
Johns Creek police arrested Richard Lee, Sheldon Barnes and Tiffany Boswell on multiple charges after chasing them through Johns Creek and Alpharetta Thursday morning.
"I never thought this type of thing happens here," said Vikram Rai, who told Petchenik he came home to find his unit burglarized in the Bristol Place Apartments on Medlock Crossing Parkway. "The lock was broken, all the doors were open and there was stuff all over the place."
Rai told Petchenik he noticed a suspicious car backing out of his complex as he was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher, so he chased the car down and tried to stop it.
"They wouldn't stop, so I got behind them and gave the license plate number to the officer," he said.
Police said they intercepted the trio on Jones Bridge Road and tried to pull them over. When they wouldn't stop, police began to chase them at upwards of 70 mph, they told Petchenik.
Dash cam video shows the suspect's car weaving wildly in and out of traffic, then blowing a tire near Ga. 400. Police surrounded the car after it broke down on the entrance ramp.
"We found a lot of items taken in the burglary, and subsequently got another burglary call to that complex that's being linked to these three suspects," said Johns Creek Police Lt. Chris Byers.
Byers told Petchenik they are trying to link the crew to several unsolved burglaries in Johns Creek and elsewhere.
"In the last few months, we've had the description of this car and the description of these individuals come across on burglaries where somebody had seen something happen," he said.
Rai told Petchenik he was amazed how quickly police caught the suspects.
"I'm totally relieved," he said.