Maple Grove burglary suspects caught after police chase

A police chase that went from Maple Grove to Minneapolis the morning of May 15 ended with three burglary suspects being apprehended.

According to Maple Grove Police Captain Keith Terlinden, officers responded to 99th Avenue and Norwood Lane in Maple Grove at 10:51 a.m. to the report of a possible burglary in progress.

“The caller said it appeared three individuals were attempting to break into a neighbor’s house,” he said.

Officers arrived as the suspects were driving out of the garage. Capt. Terlinden said a pursuit was initiated. He added during the pursuing officers tried to use the PIT (pursuit immobilization technique) maneuver several times.

“The pursuit went from Maple Grove to Dayton, Rogers, back through Dayton, Champlin, Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center and ended at 48th and Aldrich in Minneapolis,” Capt. Terlinden said.

He added there was a flat tire on the suspect’s stolen vehicle.

The pursuit was estimated to have lasted about 30 minutes. A majority of the pursuit speeds were close to the posted speed limits, as well.

“The suspects were taken into custody with the assistance of the Minneapolis Police Department and the State Patrol,” Capt. Terlinden said.

Arrested were Sherrick Machon Catchings, 24; Ronald Desean Harris, 26; and Jamal Ajaun Clay Smith, 22.

Maple Grove Police were assisted by Rogers Police, Dayton Police, Brooklyn Park Police, Champlin Police, Brooklyn Center Police, Plymouth Police, Minneapolis Police, Minnesota State Patrol and Minnesota State Patrol Helicopter.

He said the reason the suspects were apprehended was because of the diligence of the neighbors. He added this was also why the Maple Grove Police Department is part of National Night Out, to get neighbors out to meet each other and meet with the area officers.

“This is an example of a partnership we have with our community that it made this incident a successful apprehensive,” Capt. Terlinden said.