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Police: Suspects broke into 17 vehicles

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Two teens who led police on a high-speed chase in the Center Grove area broke into 17 vehicles, including two police cars, police said.

One of the teens also had a handgun that had been stolen from an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department vehicle when he was arrested, according to an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police report.

The crime spree that resulted in the chase early Tuesday included breaking into seven cars in a Bargersville subdivision overnight.

Indianapolis police arrested Aaron McCarty, 18, of Indianapolis, on Tuesday evening on multiple charges of theft. Cameron Bradley Harmon, 18, of Indianapolis, who police said was driving the car during the pursuit with officers that started in the Center Grove area Tuesday morning, was arrested shortly after the chase ended.

McCarty and Harmon broke into 10 vehicles in Indianapolis, including the Indianapolis police car, and seven vehicles in Bargersville, including a reserve Bargersville Police Department officer’s patrol car, according to the police report and Bargersville police Detective Steve Byerly.

The seven Bargersville vehicles that were broken into, including the reserve officer’s car, were in the Somerset subdivision, located south of Smokey Row Road and west of State Road 135. The reserve officer’s car was locked, and no firearms were inside. Surveillance video from a nearby home shows two men breaking into the vehicle through a window, Byerly said.

Investigators also are looking into whether McCarty and Harmon are connected to the burglary of a business near Stones Crossing Road and State Road 135.

The thefts and burglary all happened before 4:20 a.m. Tuesday. The sheriff’s office received a call about a suspicious vehicle, which had been stolen in Indianapolis, near Stones Crossing Road and State Road 135. A sheriff’s deputy and officers from Greenwood and Bargersville chased the vehicle up State Road 135 into Marion County, reaching speeds of 115 mph.

A Greenwood Police Department officer was injured during the pursuit after he drove over a patch of ice and crashed his patrol car into an Indianapolis home.

Each police department now will investigate any of the thefts or burglaries that occurred in their jurisdictions, Johnson County Sheriff Doug Cox said.

“Everybody will piece what they have together and send it to the prosecutor,” Cox said.

McCarty, 7928 Southfield Drive, is being held at the Marion County jail on $2,500 bond. Harmon, 804 S. Irwin St., remains at the Johnson County jail on $35,000 bond.

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