Greenwich Police Pinch Trio of Burglars after High Speed Chase and Crash on Mason Street

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Erik Russell Smith. Courtesy Greenwich Police Dept.

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Edward J. Morales. Courtesy Greenwich Police

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Frederick Shaw. Photo courtesy Greenwich Police

A high speed chase down North Street and into central Greenwich on Saturday morning led Greenwich Police to three suspected burglars who had made off with a variety of items from a home on Hekma Road including coins, a bow & arrow and a computer.

It all started when Greenwich police were called to the scene of the burglary and located the owners. Shortly after, a Greenwich Police officer observed a red Honda with New York Plates traveling approximately 60 mph southbound on North Street. Police attempted to stop the vehicle but instead the driver engaged police in a pursuit for about a mile. According to Lt. Kraig Gray, the officer lost sight of the Honda briefly, but came upon it in time to see it crash on Mason Street.

From there the officer observed the driver and front seat passenger exist the vehicle and run south on Mason Street. The officer located one of the fleeing suspects, the driver, who was later identified as  Frederick Shaw, 35, of 331 Beach 31st Street in Far Rockaway, New York. He was found on Amogerone Crossway by the Post Office. The suspect was uncooperative, was taken to the ground by one of the pursuing officers, and taken into custody.

A local merchant hearing the commotion observed a suspect hiding on Amogerone Crossway and called police, and according to Lt. Gray, Greenwich police located the suspected and cornered him.

A second suspect, Edward Morales, 27, of 2678 Linden Blvd in Brooklyn New York was charged with having Weapons in a Motor Vehicle, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary 1st degree, Burglary 1st degree, Possession of Burglar’s Tools and Larceny 2nd degree. His bond was set at $150,000 and he has a court date on Sept 6 in Stamford Superior Court.

The vehicle’s third occupant remained in the car and was placed under arrest.

Erik Russell Smith, 27, of 361 Miller Avenue in Brooklyn, NY, was charged with Weapons in Motor Vehicle, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary 1st degree, Burglary 1st degree, Possession of Burglar’s Tools, Larceny 2nd degree and Interfering with an Officer. His bond was set at $150,000. He has a court date of Sept 6 in Stamford Superior Court.

After the initial search of the car, police obtained a warrant to search the Honda. Detectives located stolen goods obtained from the burglary on Hekma as well as burglars’ tools.

Mr. Shaw was charged with Operating with a Suspended License, Traveling to fast for Conditions, Reckless Driving, Failure to bring Motor Vehicle to Stop, Evading Responsibility, Failure to Drive in Proper Lane, Failure to Obey Control Signal, Weapons in Motor Vehicle, Burglary 1st degree, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary 2st degree, Possession of Burglar’s Tools, Larceny 2nd degree and Interfering with an Officer.

Mr. Shaw’s bond was set at $150,000. He has a court date on Sept. 6, 2016 in Stamford Superior Court.

See also: Career Criminal Charged by US Marshals is Strong Suspect in Greenwich Burglaries


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