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A high-speed chase through three area towns Friday night resulted in the arrest of four people, three of whom bailed out at Interstate 95 in North Attleboro, sparking an intense search with a state police helicopter and dogs.

The pursuit of the black mini-van with New Jersey license plates went up Route 152 through Seekonk, Attleboro and North Attleboro, beginning shortly before 8:30 p.m. and ending when police used a "stop stick" to deflate the vehicle's tires at the on-ramp to Interstate 95 North about 8:40 p.m.

Police arrested one suspect, and local and state police with a helicopter, two dogs and thermal imaging cameras continued the search for the at-large suspects, who were reported observed fleeing in the median.

Two other suspects were arrested, and police nabbed a fourth suspect about 10:15 p.m. near American Firearms School on John Dietsch Square in North Attleboro. The suspects were being held by North Attleboro police.

The suspects were being chased for shoplifting in East Providence, R.I., police said. East Providence police broke off the chase at the Massachusetts line, when Seekonk cruisers took over the pursuit. During the chase, Attleboro police unsuccessfully attempted to use road spikes, and about a half dozen Seekonk and Attleboro police cruisers were in pursuit of the vehicle, with several breaking off at the order of police supervisors. The vehicle sped through downtown Attleboro as it went from South Main to North Main streets (Route 152).

http://www.thesunchronicle.com/articles/2008/10/04/news/3758644.txt
 

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Police: Shoplift suspects are pros

NORTH ATTLEBORO - Four alleged professional shoplifters apprehended after a two-state chase were ordered held in jail on high bail Monday after a district court judge voiced concern about their criminal history and doubts about their identities.

Attleboro District Court Judge Richard A. Savignano set bail at $150,000 cash for each of the defendants following a bail hearing in which he was told the suspects have committed similar crimes in a half-dozen other states and have numerous aliases.

"I'm trying to keep track of the countless aliases they have in these records," Savignano said, looking through the paperwork filed by police.

The suspects, all from New Jersey, were arrested Friday night after a chase that started in East Providence, R.I., where the men allegedly stole $5,500 worth of clothing from Marshall's department store, and ended after a foot chase off Interstate 95 near Toner Boulevard.

A state police helicopter and police dog assisted Attleboro, North Attleboro and Seekonk police searching for two of the suspects, who were not immediately apprehended when they abandoned a car police had disabled with "stop sticks" on Route 152. The suspects, identified as Eric Burgos, 35, of Newark, N.J., and Johan Valdivia, 25, and Jorge Espinozo, 27, both of Elizabeth, N.J., pleaded innocent to numerous charges, including receiving stolen property and being fugitives in Rhode Island where the clothing thefts occurred.

Alberto Rojas, 37, of Elizabeth, N.J., faces arraignment today because a Spanish interpreter was not available Monday for the court proceeding.

North Attleboro police court prosecutor Christopher Ciccio said the store has surveillance videotape of the men stealing racks of clothing, stuffing them in "booster bags" and fleeing with a carriage.

Booster bags are shopping bags taped with material that foils security equipment and are used by professional shoplifters to commit their crimes, according to law enforcement officials.

Police said they had difficulty identifying the four men immediately after their arrest because three of them gave false names. Police were only able to make positive identifications after sending their fingerprints to federal authorities.

They are due back in court Oct. 28 for a pretrial conference.

http://www.thesunchronicle.com/articles/2008/10/07/news/3768220.txt
 
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