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Suspect Caught in Norwalk Radio Shack Burglaries

A man was nabbed after a high speed chase on I-95 early Thursday and held as a suspect in the latest in a string of burglaries at Radio Shack stores in Norwalk, police reported.

The chase ended in a crash at exit 19. Sgt. Lisa Cotto said the suspect, James Perdue, 39, of Orchard Street was taken to Norwalk Hospital, although he wasn't injured. She expected him to be charged later Thursday with larceny, reckless driving, engaging in pursuit, operating without a license, interfering with a police officer and making an improper left turn.

Perdue was driving a white 1999 Jeep Cherokee that was stolen Monday from the plaza at 360 Connecticut Ave.

At 12:15 a.m. Thursday morning, police investigated a burglary at the Belden Avenue Radio Shack. Police said someone had smashed open the door by backing into it with a car. The same method was used to break into that store on Feb. 16 and into the Connecticut Avenue Radio Shack on Feb. 24 .

At 1:25 a.m., clerks at the West Avenue Shell Station called and said a guy was there trying to sell Radio Shack merchandise. He left before police arrived. Witnesses said he was driving a white Jeep Grand Cherokee with right side damage and no rear bumper.

The Shell Station clerks called police at 5 a.m. to say the man was back. When police arrived the suspect fled up the nearby ramp onto I-95. Connecticut State Police were involved in the ensuing chase.

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