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Burglary suspect leads police on high-speed pursuit

Feb. 12, 2013

A burglary alarm at a previously burglarized Oak Creek bakery resulted in a high-speed chase involving the suspect and an Oak Creek police officer, beginning on city streets and continuing on Interstate 94.

The suspect eluded in police in the Feb. 6 incident, but he was later identified as a 40-year-old Milwaukee man with past contacts with law enforcement agencies for theft and burglary. He is currently being sought.

According to police reports:

A security company called police at 4 p.m. to investigate a commercial burglar alarm at the electric room door at CSM Bakery Products, 7350 S. 10th St., which has been vacant for more than 10 months.

When an officer arrived, he saw a white Toyota Camry fleeing the site at high speed.

The pursuit began, with the Oak Creek officer following the vehicle as it went through a red light on South 10th Street at West Rawson Avenue, drove over the median, and then headed westbound on Rawson, reaching speeds up to 60 mph.

The suspect vehicle then left the city streets and entered northbound Interstate 94 at Rawson Avenue.

Pursuit continued on the freeway, reaching speeds of 100 mph as the suspect weaved in and out of traffic. Police terminated the chase at 4:06 p.m. at the airport exit due to heavy traffic, and the suspect vehicle continued traveling northbound on I-94.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation State Traffic Operations cameras tracked the vehicle as it exited the freeway on Howard Avenue, and then headed southbound on South Second Street before the car drove out of view.

Police identified the suspect through his relationship with the owner of the vehicle and from past contacts with authorities.

It was the second reported burglary incident involving the vacated CSM plant this month. The first was reported Feb. 2, when a routine building inspection preceding a possible sale of the facility revealed extensive damage and losses involving rooftop equipment. Copper wiring, motors and coils were stripped from nine HVAC/freezer units. Replacement costs were estimated at more than $200,000.

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