Teen finds key evidence in police chase and crash in Short Pump

All photos credit Brad Brady
All photos credit Brad Brady

By Tara Morgan - bio | email | facebook

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - New information about a police chase and crash in Short Pump. Two suspected shoplifters are in custody.

Their SUV slammed into a fence near the intersection of Lauderdale and Causeway Drives. Now, they wait their turn to see a judge. The man and woman, are both facing serious charges including grand larceny.

One teenager I spoke with uncovered key evidence of the suspected shoplifting trip that started this mess.

In exclusive photos, paramedics loaded two suspected shoplifters into ambulances. The aftermath of a police chase and crash two miles from Short Pump Town Center where it all began.

Christian Beck caught the tail end on his ride home from school.

"We saw a bunch of about seven cop cars speed by the school bus," said Beck.

He hopped off one stop early to see what all the fuss was about. What he found on his walk home peaked the cops' interest.

"We saw this little white watch. It was kind of insignificant at the time," said Beck.

Beck handed the watch over to police.

"I heard they stole a bunch of stuff from Dillard's and I turned back. It turns out it was like $62 or something," said Beck.

Police said the suspects, a man and woman, were first spotted by two off-duty officers moonlighting at a store at the mall.

"They noticed the female concealing assorted jewelry in her purse," said Lt. Eric Owens with Henrico County Police.

Lt. Owens said the couple bolted toward the parking lot.

"The suspect got in the vehicle, put it in reverse and struck the officer with the door," said Lt. Owens.

A chase ensued, ending at Lauderdale and Causeway Drives. The suspects took out a fence as they hung a right on Causeway.

Lt. Owens said the man jumped out and ran, but says after a brief struggle it wasn't long before he was in custody and on a stretcher along with his partner in crime.

"It's just that in the neighborhood there's a lot of kids walking around. It could have been a lot worse, or the car could have gone out of control further down and gone into the lake," said Donna Nathanson, who lives near the crash site.

The officer wasn't seriously hurt, he walked away from all this with a few scrapes.

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