Milton police spent 45 minutes chasing a suspect in multiple car breaks through backyards and a brook, but eventually caught up with him and arrested him.
The suspect was identified as Tahj Rudolph, 19, of Milton.
Police received a call at 4:04 Monday morning on Viola Road, a dead end bordering Kelly Field, that a man in dark clothing was breaking into cars. Milton officers Kelli Little and Liam Roper arrived a minute later and observed the man dressed in black pants and a black hooded sweatshirt carrying a tote bag with an American flag logo.
“Officers shadowed the individual as he walked down a driveway and peered into two other vehicles,” said Milton Deputy Police Chief John King later on Monday.
Little and Roper revealed themselves as police officers and the suspect fled, running through multiple back yards and into Kelly Field. The tote bag with the flag logo was discarded during the chase.
Police set up a perimeter and contacted state police to bring in a search dog. After the dog arrived, two Milton officers observed the suspect run out of a driveway and initiated a second chase.
The suspect jumped into a brook and eluded police, who followed the path of the brook until they saw him emerge again.
Officers set up another perimeter and the dog tracked him to a shed near 481 Central Avenue. Milton Officer Joe Bennett and State Police Trooper Timothy Blackwell apprehended Rudolph, who was charged with breaking and entering during nighttime with intent to commit a felony, attempted breaking and entering during nighttime with intent to commit a felony, and three counts of receiving stolen property.
King said Rudolph may be charged with additional crimes based on the items he discarded during the pursuit.
“He threw away a million things while he was being chased,” King said, listing items including a computer hard drive, gloves, a gift card, cash, and lottery tickets.