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"Career criminal" caught after police chase in Seminole

10:01 PM, Jul 19, 2012   |    comments
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Seminole, Florida-- A burglary suspect is in custody after leading deputies on a pursuit in the Seminole area this afternoon. 

Officials have identified the suspect as 48-year-old, "career criminal," Gary Nolan.

Nolan, according to deputies, was just released from Florida DOC this January, after serving seven years on similar charges of burglary and more.

According to deputies, the pursuit began around 1:13 this afternoon, when Nolan fled from detectives after they attempted to arrest him at a Largo area golf pro shop.

They say detectives developed information that Nolan was related to several burglaries under investigation, in which golf clubs, golf bags, fishing equipment and more, were stolen from mostly open garages in the Harbor Bluffs and Belleair Bluffs area. 

Detectives developed information that Nolan was trying to sell the stolen golf equipment to local pro shops, and it was just after 1 p.m. today, when Burglary Sergeant Jeremy Nygren and Detective Ward Snyder saw Nolan at the Pinecrest Golf Club. 

According to officials, they challenged him and utilized an electronic control device, however, they say Nolan was able to escape in a reportedly stolen, white Lexus SUV. 

Reports indicate that Nolan grazed Detective Snyder with the car as he fled the scene, and then eventually ended up heading southbound on Seminole Blvd. 

Reports continue, saying uniform deputies closed in behind, and one of them, Deputy Josh Jones, was involved in a crash with two other cars. Jones suffered minor injuries.

Then, officials say, Nolan continued south, turned on to Bay Pines Blvd., and deputies eventually boxed-in the vehicle near 100th Way.

Deputies say they took Nolan to the Pinellas County Jail, despite his resistance.

He faces numerous charges.

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