Davie burglary suspect caught after high-speed chase, police say

Video recorded from a police helicopter shows a man speeding away from deputies earlier this month in Martin County.

DAVIE, Fla. – Video recorded from a police helicopter shows a man from The Villages who was speeding away from deputies earlier this month in Martin County. He turned out to be a burglary suspect in Broward County, police said.

The driver reached speeds of more than 100 miles per hour, cut across a median, and put lives at risk on the wrong side of the road, police said. Detectives later identified the driver as Sean Sheehan.

He jumped out of the car and took off running. A deputy caught up to Sheehan, 43, and arrested him on Jan. 14. Surveillance video recorded on Jan. 11 shows Sheehan broke into Playa Bowls, a popular business in Davie, according to the Davie Police Department.

State records show Sheehan was released from prison in April after being convicted on burglary and grand theft charges. Authorities in Sumpter County said he was the “prime suspect in multiple burglary investigations in their jurisdiction,” according to a police report.

Sheehan now faces charges of burglary and criminal mischief for the incident in Davie, and fleeing and eluding police in Marion County.

Alexandra Arguello, one of the owners of Playa Bowls, said she was grateful for the arrest.

”We were shocked. It happened really fast,” Arguello said. “We were hopeful they were going to find him, and to hear that it went down in such a crazy manner was really shocking as well.”

11 p.m. report

Deputies in Martin County arrested a man who was a suspect in a burglary in Davie.

Afternoon report

Video recorded from a police helicopter shows a man speeding away from deputies earlier this month in Martin County.

About the Author:

Janine Stanwood joined Local 10 News in February 2004 as an assignment editor. She is now a general assignment reporter. Before moving to South Florida from her Washington home, Janine was the senior legislative correspondent for a United States senator on Capitol Hill.