SHENANDOAH, Texas – Police continue their search for three suspects who attempted to steal an estimated $5,000 worth of merchandise from a Texas Home Depot Wednesday.
The Courier published Thursday dramatic dashcam video released by the Shenandoah Police Department showing officers in pursuit of the thieves.
Five men in total loaded two cars, according to The Courier, with stolen merchandise around 3:45 p.m. in the back parking lot of Home Depot, according to Shenandoah Assistant Police Chief Barry Gresham, but were abruptly stopped by Home Depot workers.
The Courier reports employees called police as soon as they saw the men in the act.
Two of the men fled on foot behind the store and eventually made their way into a wooded area east of the roadway, police tell The Courier.
At the same time, two getaway vehicles were trying to exit the rear parking lot as officers responded. The two getaway vehicles collided with each other before one of the vehicles, a black Dodge Charger, struck a Shenandoah police cruiser causing minor damage, Shenandoah Assistant Police Chief Barry Gresham tells The Courier.
As the getaway vehicles drove away, they hopped over a grass median onto David Memorial Drive and headed northbound, reports The Courier.
The dashcam video released to The Courier by SPD shows subjects driving erratically as the driver works to evade the officer.
As the smoking, disabled Charger comes to a stop, two men – later identified as Darryl Lee, 20, and Davonta Lee, 17 – allegedly fled east on foot back into the Home Depot parking lot. After a brief foot chase, officers arrested the two and charged them with felony theft. Darryl Lee also has a felony evading arrest with a vehicle charge, The Courier reports.
Not captured on dashcam, the other getaway car, a white Toyota car, made its way northbound on the I-45 frontage road until it reached Texas 242 where it made a U-turn southbound on to I-45.
While officers initially lost sight of the fleeing Toyota reports The Courier, the vehicle was eventually found abandoned in a construction site.
The three remaining suspects — which include the two who ran on foot and the Toyota’s driver — remain on the loose.
All of the merchandise has been returned to the store, Gresham tells The Courier.
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