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Deputies arrest suspected golf club thief after pursuit of stolen Lexus

SEMINOLE — A man accused of stealing golf and fishing equipment from homes in the area of Harbor Bluffs and Belleair Bluffs was arrested Thursday afternoon after leading deputies on a chase, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said.

Detectives tried to arrest Gary Nolan, 48, at 1 p.m. at the Pinecrest Golf Club in Largo, where he was trying to sell some of the stolen equipment, deputies said. Nolan put up a fight and officers used a Taser to try to subdue him. Still, he managed to drive off in a stolen white Lexus, grazing one of the deputies as he sped away, officials said.

Patrol cars chased him on Seminole Boulevard. One deputy was involved in a crash with minor injuries with a car not involved in the pursuit, the sheriffs office said.

Nolan was eventually boxed in by the patrol cars and arrested on a host of charges, including grand theft of a motor vehicle, fleeing and eluding, dealing in stolen property and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

Deputies arrest suspected golf club thief after pursuit of stolen Lexus 07/19/12 [Last modified: Thursday, July 19, 2012 9:47pm]
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