Suspects arrested in Cass Co. burglaries

Two robbery suspects were arrested today after police chased them for almost two hours in the North Liberty area near State Road 23 and New Road. Part of the chase went right through a cornfield.

Both male suspects have been linked to the 10 daytime burglaries in Cass County since Monday. Their silver vehicle with temporary Indiana plates was immediately recognized by police.

Suspects were first apprehended after New Liberty police responded to a call they received from neighbors concerned about two males loitering near a house.

When police arrived on the scene, the two males allegedly had already entered the house, and immediately fled the scene. They sped off in a silver car with temporary licence plates.

The chase lasted 15 minutes before the suspects pulled off New Road about 50 feet into a cornfield. Then they bailed from the vehicle and ran through a cornfield.

Police from South Bend, North Liberty, St. Joseph County and Indiana State Police all responded to the chase. They set up an 18 mile perimeter.

Two detectives from homicide made the final arrest, after tips from neighbors about possible hiding spots. Police found the men in a drainage ditch, stuck in mud, quite a distance from the abandoned car. The two made no efforts at escape, and were compliant in arrest. Police believed the men may have been armed, but no weapons were present upon arrest.

Both are now in custody of St. Joe County. The name of the juvenille involved is not being released, but the other suspect's identity will be released after he extradited and arraigned in Michigan.

This is an ongoing investigation.

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