Police chase crosses three counties|Vehicle with stolen equipment drove 24 miles in 14 minutes

NORWALK
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

NORWALK

Vehicle with stolen equipment drove 24 miles in 14 minutes

Authorities are seeking a driver who led police on a high-speed chase that spanned three counties and lasted more than half an hour.

His passenger, New York resident Anthony Vasquez, 20, was booked in the Huron County jail and pleaded no contest Monday in Norwalk Municipal Court to attempted theft.

    He was found guilty and was sentenced to 180 days in jail. He was also fined $200 plus court costs.

    Other charges are forthcoming from police in Alliance, Norwalk police said.

    The chase began at 3:45 p.m. Friday when two men tried to steal almost $4,000 worth of laptop computers from the Wal-Mart in Norwalk, police said.

    “Our Wal-Mart and all the area Wal-Marts got an e-mail from the Wal-Mart in Alliance, Ohio, that these people had hit their store. ... Our local Wal-Mart was on the lookout for them, of course, and they came into our store,” Norwalk Police Capt. Dave Light said.

 The suspects had a set of keys to the display case of the laptop computers,but they were unable to steal any equipment because Wal-Mart security was watching for them, Light said. The pair drove away in a black 2007 Dodge Ram with New York license plates.

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