By Cathy Spaulding
Phoenix Staff Writer
Two men are behind bars after homeowners found them burglarizing their home and chased the men at high speeds for more than 13 miles.
Pierre Shipp, 20, of Taft and Wendell Hutchinson, 21, of Boynton were caught burglarizing a home on Five Mile Road east of Fort Gibson about 12:45 p.m. Saturday, said Muskogee Police Lt. Bryan Stark.
When the men were apprehended, items from a second home on Five Mile Road and a past burglary in Haskell were found inside their car.
The homeowner had arrived home to find the men leaving with a carload of the family’s belongings and gave chase. Her spouse was also on his way home and took up the chase as well, Stark said.
The couple followed the 2000 Pontiac Grand Am down U.S. 62 at high speeds, Stark said they told police. One of the two chasers called 911 and Muskogee police responded by blocking the intersection of Main Street and Harris Road, stopping the suspects’ vehicle.
Shipp and Hutchinson did not flee once their vehicle was stopped and were taken into custody peacefully, Stark said.
Though Muskogee police are happy the suspects were apprehended, it is not recommended citizens attempt a high-speed chase.
“I can’t say I wouldn’t have done the same thing if I found someone burglarizing my home,” Stark said. “But, no, we wouldn’t recommend anyone do the same thing. I’d rather they follow at a safe speed and call in a vehicle description and a tag number instead.”
Stark said the couple did the right thing in calling 911 and allowing the police to intervene and apprehend the thieves.
Muskogee County District Attorney Larry Moore said the couple who were burglarized will not face any charges or citations for the high-speed chase.
“We certainly understand in the excitement of someone coming home to find their house is being burglarized,” Moore said. “We don’t encourage it, but we do understand people trying to protect their property.”
Two guns were recovered from the Grand Am, including one that had been reported stolen in a recent burglary in Haskell, Stark said. Two televisions, jewelry and other stolen items were also recovered.
Shipp and Hutchinson were booked into the Muskogee County/City Detention Facility on complaints of possession of stolen property, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, possession of marijuana and felony second-degree burglary.
“The Muskogee police department did a real good job with this, and it’s one of those times when cell phones and 911 really paid off too,” Moore said.
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