Sheriff: Suspect stole three vehicles, led them on multi-county chase

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If at first your car theft doesn't succeed, try try again ...?

A 20-year-old Inver Grove Heights man is in custody after authorities say he stole three vehicles in quick succession during a busy morning just south of the Twin Cities.

The Dakota County Sheriff's Office posted on Facebook that officers in Eagan attempted to stop a stolen vehicle Wednesday morning, but the driver fled.

What followed was the theft of two more vehicles and a pursuit through multiple counties.

Faribault Daily News reports that the first stolen vehicle was a Lincoln Town Car. Attempts to deploy spike strips were unsuccessful as the driver was able to swerve to avoid them, the newspaper says.

The Lincoln crashed in the area of Highway 52 and 250th Street East in Hampton Township, the sheriff's office posted.

https://twitter.com/DakotaMNSheriff/status/725374456919527424

But the suspect's crime spree didn't end there – police say he car-jacked another vehicle from a local business and took off again. The Daily News said it was a white SUV, and that the suspect had pulled the driver out of the vehicle.

Authorities say the man then ditched the second vehicle in Rice County, where he stole a third vehicle – a pickup truck.

The suspect told officers that his plan was to try to blend in like a local farmer who was driving in a field, Captain Enderlein of the Dakota County Sheriff's Office told BringMeTheNews.

According to the Facebook post:

"He crashed again and wasn't as lucky this time. Deputy Brian Smidt and K9 Cado were on scene and quickly tracked the male. Deputy Jim O'Meara gave commands and he was taken into custody."

https://twitter.com/DakotaMNSheriff/status/725374972483362816

Police also said in the post that the man believed he had active warrants for his arrest, but he was wrong.

The suspect is being held at the Dakota County jail, where the Faribault newspaper reports he is expected to face charges related to theft, motor vehicle theft, fleeing in a motor vehicle, fleeing a peace officer and possession of stolen property.

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