The Bay County Sheriff’s Office received a call at about two o’clock this morning in reference to a suspicious vehicle at a condominium complex at 5004 Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach.
Deputies responded and spotted a passenger vehicle on Thomas Drive matching the description given of the suspicious vehicle and began to follow it. The vehicle sped up and a pursuit ensued, but was called off.
About an hour later, another call came into the BCSO reporting another suspicious vehicle. This time the complaint was about a green truck, but it was in the same parking garage on Thomas Drive. Deputies responded and saw the truck at a nearby gas station and pulled over to speak to the two males in the vehicle.
The two males took off in the vehicle and turned onto Highway 98, went over Hathaway Bridge, and all the way to Highway 231. Deputies prepared a spike strip designed to puncture tires in the area of Highway 231 and Hudson Road, near Youngstown. The front tires of the vehicle were damaged and the vehicle drove off the road and the two males inside fled on foot.
One of the male suspects was apprehended at about 5:30 am on a dirt road just north of Highway 231 and Hudson Road. Lawrence Andrews, age 17, was charged with Violation of Probation for a previous Grand Theft charge, Fleeing and Eluding, Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle, and Resisting and Officer without Violence. A few hours later Breshawn Malone, age 18, was found hiding in the brush along the railroad tracks. Malone was charged with Grand Theft and Fleeing and Eluding. Both men are from Tallahassee. The vehicle Malone was driving-a green Ford F-150-was stolen in Tallahassee.
Investigators believe the two men traveled to Bay County to burglarize vehicles and were in the parking garage checking for unlocked vehicles. No evidence was found that they had been able to burglarize any vehicles before they were arrested.
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