Car theft suspects arrested in St. Pete

The stolen car pursuit ended at this home on 15th Avenue South in St. Pete (WFLA)

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (WLFA) —  A pursuit of a stolen vehicle that started in new Tampa early Monday morning ended at a home in St. Petersburg. Tampa Police say they now have six people in custody.

Police ran the tag of a vehicle early Monday morning, discovering it was stolen on October 25th from northern Hillsborough County. When police attempted to initiate a traffic stop, the car fled, leading police to a home on 15th Avenue South in St. Pete.

Officers say they observed at least five people running from the car into the home. They surrounded the home and took six people inside into custody who matched the descriptions of the suspects.

The car involved in the pursuit (WFLA)
The car involved in the pursuit (WFLA)

Police say they believe this stolen vehicle is connected to a car theft and burglary ring stringing through Hillsborough and Pasco counties. There were at least three reported burglaries in the area where the car was stolen. In one case, a car was reported stolen out of a closed garage. The suspects used a garage door opener left in an unlocked car outside the home.

Police remind people to make sure their cars are locked.

“It’s a multi-jurisdictional problem and if we lock our doors reduce the opportunity for theft and then we’ll all be that much safer,” Lt. John Preyer with Tampa Police said.

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