Alleged thieves arrested after Pasadena police chase

November 18, 2011 4:56:42 PM PST
Two suspects accused of breaking into the cars of bank customers who had just withdrawn cash were arrested after leading authorities on a car chase.

Donald Edmond, 24, and David Gilliam, 20, were arrested Thursday afternoon in Pasadena. Edmond faces charges of felony evading arrest and theft, while Gilliam is charged with theft.

La Porte police began investigating the duo after they received several reports about car break-ins in the area. Detectives determined the suspects had been targeting people leaving area banks with cash envelopes and followed them in hopes they'd get out of their car and leave the cash behind. If the money was left unattended, the suspects would allegedly break into their vehicles and snatch the cash.

So on Thursday, La Porte police spotted the suspects at a grocery store in the 3500 block of Spencer in Pasadena and staged a vehicle in the parking lot. The suspects tried to burglarize the vehicle, but Pasadena and La Porte police converged on them.

The suspects then fled in their vehicle, sparking the car chase. Police followed the suspects for more than two miles until they rear-ended another driver at the intersection of Pasadena Boulevard and Jackson.

Both suspects ran out of the car but one of them was immediately captured. The other suspect was arrest about an hour later after police found him hiding beneath a home in the 900 block of Whitaker.

Detectives say no one in the car that was rear-ended during the chase was injured.

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