Three vehicle thefts that occurred in a two-week span were wrapped up by Anna Police with the arrest of an elusive suspect following a high-speed pursuit on July 5.
On June 21, officers responded to the 1300 block of Wildwood Trail on a motor vehicle theft call where the suspect fled with a truck owned by a pool cleaning service.
"We had a suspect in this theft," said Anna Police Sgt. Jeff Caponera.
On Tuesday, June 25 as reported by Rodney Williams in the Van Alstyne Leader, Van Alstyne police received a call of a stolen vehicle in the Georgetown area. Subsequently, the call turned into a six-and-a-half hour manhunt involving other agencies, air support and even prison bloodhounds.
According to VAPD Chief Tim Barnes, the suspect stole a vehicle in McKinney and drove it into the 400 block of Purdue in Georgetown. Police believed that he then ran out of gas and searched around for another vehicle, eventually stealing a resident’s 1997 Ford pickup. Van Alstyne police sent out a broadcast to the surrounding cities and counties to be on the lookout for this vehicle.
It was at this point that Anna Police department spotted the truck traveling on FM 3133 and took up pursuit. The suspect went into a private drive in Anna where he crashed the truck and fled on foot.
Law enforcement officials from Van Alstyne, Anna and the Collin County Sheriff’s Department set up a perimeter and began a manhunt that lasted until 9:30 p.m. VAPD was lent the use of a fixed- wing aircraft by a local business owner, the Department of Public safety brought in its helicopter and bloodhounds from the Bonham prison system were even brought in to capture the fugitive.
In the end the suspect got away. It was determined that he was picked up by a third party and left the immediate area. However, his identify was known to law enforcement officials. The suspect was a registered sex offender already wanted on parole violations and believed to be tied in to several other auto thefts in the area.
On Friday, July 5, Anna Police officers observed a black BMW 300 series traveling north on Highway 121 which matched the description of a stolen vehicle from FM 814 and Highway 121 in Trenton. Officers pursued the stolen vehicle, and eventually the suspect lost control and hit a tree.
"His speed was reaching 140 mph," said Caponera of the high-speed pursuit.
After crashing the vehicle the suspect fled on foot and but was apprehended. Kyle Kindle, 30, of Anna, was arrested and charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle, evading arrest, for theft of the vehicles involved in the June 21 and June 25 incidents and for outstanding warrants.
"Kindle has been involved in at least eight vehicle thefts in the last two weeks," said Caponera.