PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – Two people are in custody after a burglary in Cooper City led to a police chase in Pembroke Pines.
A Pembroke Pines police representative said officers spotted a stolen Kia with two people inside driving erratically and attempted to pull it over, but they eventually lost track of the car.
Residents in the area of Northwest 98th Terrace and Fourth Street told Local 10 News reporter Carlos Suarez that they saw the thieves trying to break into a home and held them off until police arrived.
"They ran across my yard -- this yard and then this yard," Enrique Garcia said. "Pretty much, neighbors confronted them, gave them enough time for the cops to kind of corner one of them."
Officers were able to arrest Nakia Simeton Jr., 17, but the other suspect took off in the stolen car. Police said the car struck several trees and damaged a fence while getting away.
"Somehow or another, he veered past two cop cars and smashed into the fence and took out the fence," Garcia said.
Broward Sheriff's Office deputies arrested the second person, Bryan Lindor, 23, in West Park after he struck a truck in the area of Southwest 48th Avenue and 27th Street that had two people inside.
"He decided to run away from his car after the accident," BSO spokeswoman Gina Carter said. "While he was running, he realized he had left some incriminating evidence inside the car, at least his interpretation of it. He decided to go back to the car to get that evidence, and minutes later he was in custody."
Suarez said the evidence was a can of iced tea.
Neither of the victims inside the truck were injured in the crash.