Public Safety

After stealing $5,000 worth of items from Dick's Sporting Goods, suspects lead authorities on 124 mph chase

A Linn County Sheriff’s Office squad car. (file photo)
A Linn County Sheriff’s Office squad car. (file photo)

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Linn County Sheriff’s Office is searching for three women they suspect in a theft from a sporting goods store Monday, followed by a high-speed chase.

Around noon, the Cedar Rapids Police Department asked for assistance locating a vehicle after a theft of “an estimated $5,000 worth of merchandise” from Dick’s Sporting Goods, 4601 First Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, according to a sheriff’s office media release. Police identified the vehicle as a black Ford Fusion with multiple occupants that was seen leaving east on Highway 100.

At 12:02 p.m., the vehicle was observed by a Linn County sheriff’s deputy near Highway 13 and Cottage Grove Parkway. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, but a chase began, according to the release.

With authorities in pursuit, the vehicle traveled south on Dows Road, east on Mount Vernon Road and then south on Highway 13 and was clocked at 124 mph, the release said.

When the vehicle hit a construction sign in the area of Highway 30 and Cedar River Road, three black female occupants were observed, the release said. Although they were under gunpoint from officers, they did not relent, reversing behind the vehicle of deputies before traveling on Highway 30, entering Mount Vernon and Lisbon. The Mount Vernon Police Department then assisted in the pursuit.

Authorities terminated the pursuit because of high speeds and the reckless driving of the fleeing vehicle, according to the release.

Authorities, however, were able to identify the vehicle as a 2013 black Ford Fusion with an Illinois registration plate. The vehicle has front-end damage, according to the release.

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This case remains under investigation by the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, the Mount Vernon Police Department and the Cedar Rapids Police Department.

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