Thursday, April 12, 2012
Allen burglary suspect arrested after calling police
Oliver Johnson reported his getaway truck, which he abandoned after a chase, stolen. Genius, I tell you.
Police say a man suspected of burglarizing an Allen Premium Outlets fragrance store Sunday morning was arrested Monday after calling the police in an attempt to report his abandoned getaway vehicle stolen.
Oliver Johnson, a 32-year-old Dallas resident, and an accomplice are accused of entering the mall's Fragrance Outlet store and removing merchandise shortly before 5:40 a.m. A security guard said he saw the pair leave in a white pickup truck and called Allen police to report the license plate number soon after, according to reports from the Dallas Morning News.
Officers responding to the scene spotted the pickup as they were pulling into the mall entrance, caught up with it going southbound on U.S. 75 and began pursuit, said Cpl. Mike Such of the Allen criminal investigations unit. The vehicle initially slowed down as if to pull over but quickly accelerated in speed, leading police on a chase down U.S. 75 through Allen, Plano, Richardson, and Dallas at speeds exceeding 100 mph.
The vehicle exited from the freeway in a North Dallas neighborhood before stopping, at which point both suspects fled in different directions and outran police, Such said. Police say Johnson dropped his picture ID several yards from where the vehicle stopped.
Upon searching the truck, officers found a black plastic bag with 179 perfume bottles that were later tracked back to the outlet mall. An additional $11,000 in perfume products were also found and later tracked to an Ulta perfume store in McKinney, which was burglarized earlier that morning, Such said.
Sunday afternoon, police say Johnson filed a report with the Dallas Police Department reporting his truck stolen. DPD referred him to Allen PD, who told Johnson to come to APD headquarters Monday with his truck title to retrieve the vehicle. While at the station, Johnson was questioned and police say he ultimately confessed to the crime.
"There were bits of his story about where he parked his truck and where he last saw it that kept changing," Such said.
Such said video surveillance at both the Allen and McKinney stores shows masked suspects in the process of burglarizing the stores. Johnson had two traffic warrants out at the time of his arrest, Such said.
"We knew once we got him at minimum we were going to arrest him on the traffic warrants," Such said.
The other suspect in the crime has been identified but has not been apprehended, Such said. McKinney PD is likely to issue warrants for Johnson for the Ulta burglary as well, he said.
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