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Car jacking suspect arrested after brief chase in Beech Grove; police searching for 2nd suspect

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Crime Scene
Posted at 7:12 AM, Dec 04, 2023
and last updated 2023-12-04 13:07:24-05

BEECH GROVE — Police arrested one person and are looking for another after they say the suspects led them on a brief chase in a stolen vehicle Monday morning.

License-plate reader cameras alerted Beech Grove officers to a possible stolen vehicle about 3 a.m., police said. Officers found the car, a black Mazda, and two suspects at a gas station in the 4400 block of South Emerson Avenue.

The suspects led police on a brief chase before they stopped on a dead-end street near Emerson and Victory Drive and ran from the car, police said.

One suspect was arrested.

Officers searched the neighborhood with drones and police K-9s but did not find the second suspect, police said.

The car was reported stolen at gunpoint in Lawrence at about 11 p.m. Sunday, Lawrence Police Chief Gary Woodruff said.

Investigators are working to identify and locate the second suspect, Woodruff said.

Woodruff credited Beech Grove officers for their quick reaction in apprehending the suspect and putting a stop to their plans.

"It is not unusual for stolen vehicles to be used in other crimes," Woodruff said.