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Lower Swatara pursuit of stolen truck leads to five arrests, recovery of stolen bicycles

Posted 10/12/18

“Stop sticks” were used to end the pursuit of a stolen truck that began shortly after 2 a.m. Oct. 4 in Lower Swatara Township and ended in Swatara Township.

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Lower Swatara pursuit of stolen truck leads to five arrests, recovery of stolen bicycles

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“Stop sticks” were used to end the pursuit of a stolen truck that began shortly after 2 a.m. Oct. 4 in Lower Swatara Township and ended in Swatara Township.

Police took into custody five people who were in the truck, including several residents of Highspire. Four are teenagers, and they were placed in custody by probation officials. The other person, Justin Landis, 23, of Harrisburg, was charged with receiving stolen property, a felony, and released on $5,000 unsecured bail.

Multiple bikes presumed to be stolen also were recovered as a result of the investigation.

Police have yet to complete their investigation, and more charges might be filed.

Early Oct. 4, a resident reported to police that his 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 was stolen from his home in the 70 block of Lake Drive. Witnesses told police that four people were seen in the area just prior to the theft.

Officers began to search the area. An hour later, police spotted the silver pickup truck on Lumber Street. An attempt to stop the truck was unsuccessful.

The truck struck and damaged a mailbox and several recycling and trash cans on Brentwood Drive during the chase, which continued into neighboring Swatara Township. That’s where stop sticks, provided by Derry Township, were placed into the path of the truck. Stop sticks deflate the tires of vehicles that run over them.

The five suspects were taken to the Dauphin County Judicial Center. A sample of blood was drawn from one of the teenagers who was the driver of the vehicle. Results were not reported.