Four Baltimore-area youths were arrested Tuesday after leading police on a high-speed car chase that started when a Bel Air man reported that he surprised the youths as they burglarized his house.
The homeowner told police he chased four burglars away from his house but was unable to capture them, the county Sheriff's Department said. Three of the youths fled in a car and later led police on a high-speed chase that ended when their vehicle crashed in Upper Crossroads, the department said.
Sean Clark, 20, of Baltimore, and Eugene H. Barksdale, 18, of Cockeysville, each were charged with theft and burglary in the incident.
Barksdale also was charged with driving without a license, fleeing and eluding, and exceeding maximum speeds in a 50-mph zone.
The sheriff's department also charged two 15-year-old Timonium youths -- a boy and a girl -- with theft and burglary in the incident The department said the youths stole a 45-caliber revolver, three rings and alcohol, totaling $2,515 in value.
The sheriff's department gave the following account of the incident: The homeowner returned to his residence in the 500 block of Westview Road at about 2 p.m. Tuesday, and found intruders in the house. Three of the intruders fled in a car, a 1991 Pontiac Firebird, and one of the intruders fled on foot, said Maj. Joseph A. Higgins, a spokesman for the sheriff's department.
One suspect -- a 15-year-old boy -- later was apprehended at a friend's house in Bel Air, Higgins said. The Pontiac was spotted later by a deputy on patrol in the Fountain Green area who pursued the vehicle, Higgins said.
The car was spotted again by two off-duty deputies, Sgt. Robert Richick and Paul Wilkinson, who pursued the car along with several on-duty policemen, Higgins said.
The chase ended when the driver turned down a dead-end road in the Cross Country Estates development and collided with a parked car, Higgins said.
None of the youths was injured.
After the collision, three suspects fled on foot, Higgins said.
Barksdale and the girl were immediately captured. Clark was not found until about two hours later.
The sheriff's deputies and state police troopers using a search dog found Clark hiding under a tractor in a barn near the accident site, according to a report filed in Harford District Court.
Some of the items stolen from the Westview Road house also were found at the barn, the report said.