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Car theft, holdup lead to chase

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 26, 2000

ST. PETERSBURG -- Two men stole a car, robbed someone in a shopping center, then led police on a car chase and caused two hit-and-run accidents Thursday before police officers with dogs chased them down, authorities said.

No one was injured in the accidents, officers said.

Police spokesman Rick Stelljes gave the following account:

A gold 1991 Chrysler New Yorker was stolen about 11:20 a.m. at 870 34th Ave. S just east of Lake Maggiore.

Half an hour later, the car was used in a holdup. Two or three men -- one with a gun -- robbed a person in front of Bank of America, which is in a Publix at Bay Pointe Plaza at 5295 34th St. S. No one was hurt.

Police looked for the car and found it about 4 p.m. at 26th Avenue S and 37th Street. They chased it north on 37th Street but broke off the chase at Fifth Avenue N because the New Yorker was being driven erratically and caused an accident at First Avenue N.

Soon afterward, the New Yorker was seen again at Fifth Avenue N and 49th Street. It caused an accident at Burlington Avenue and 47th Street. Two men got out of the New Yorker and started running.

Officers surrounded the area and caught the two men near Fourth Avenue N and 50th Street. Detectives were questioning the men Thursday night.

Their identities were not revealed.

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