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Three Los Angeles men suspected of trying to break into a Newport Beach home were arrested following a car chase that ended with an officer ramming their Mercedes-Benz, police said.
A resident reported seeing three people jump over a fence and run from the backyard of a neighbor’s home in the 1600 block of Highland Avenue after setting off a burglar alarm, according to Newport Beach Police.
The trio then fled in a red Mercedes-Benz, police said.
An officer sent to investigate saw pry marks on the home’s door frame and noted that the rear sliding screen door had been opened, police said.
“The residence was unoccupied and it did not appear that the suspects had been able to enter the home,” according to a police statement.
“When the resident returned a short time later, she verified that the contents of the home were undisturbed.”
However, the door frame sustained an estimated $800 in damage, police said.
“Within five minutes of the original call, an officer spotted the suspect vehicle on Irvine Avenue,” police said.
The officer followed the Mercedes-Benz Wednesday night and tried to pull it over on Mesa Drive, but the suspects failed to yield and a short pursuit followed.
As the suspects neared the area of Newport Boulevard and the Costa Mesa (55) Freeway, the officer used a Pursuit Intervention Technique maneuver to disable the car, police said.
The suspects were then taken into custody with the assistance of Costa Mesa police and Orange County sheriff’s deputies.
A search of the vehicle turned up a loaded handgun on the floorboard and an unloaded rifle in the trunk, along with suspected stolen property, police said.
“Officers were able to determine that the firearms and other items had been stolen in a residential burglary in the city of Costa Mesa, approximately one hour prior to the incident in Newport Beach,” police said.
“Officers also found burglary tools — two large screwdrivers with bent heads — inside the vehicle.”
The suspects were identified as Walter Scott Horne, 37; Jeffrey Hanney, 23; and Davion Jasper, 24.
All three were booked on suspicion of possession of burglary tools, attempted residential burglary, conspiracy, possession of a loaded firearm and possession of stolen property, police said.
Horne was also suspected of being a convicted felon in possession of a loaded firearm, while Jasper was suspected of felony evading and also had an outstanding warrant for driving with a suspended license, police said.
Bail for Horne and Hanney was set at $50,000, while bail for Jasper was set at $80,000, police said.
—City News Service
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