REDINGTON BEACH — Two St. Petersburg men were arrested Wednesday after, authorities say, they broke into two homes before briefly leading deputies on a high-speed chase.
John Rossi, 30, 6212 13th St. S, faces charges of fleeing and eluding police, two counts of burglary, resisting arrest without violence and driving with a suspended license. He was being held in lieu of $35,150 bail.
Rikko Neeley, 24, 3811 14th Ave. S, faces three counts of burglary and a charge of resisting arrest without violence. Neeley was released on $50,000 bail.
Deputies said the incident began about 10:30 a.m. when a neighbor saw two men leaving a house in the 400 block of Bath Club Boulevard N. The neighbor was checking the house because the residents were out of town. Nothing was reported stolen.
The men ran from the house to their vehicle and took off. A deputy spotted them driving east on the Tom Stewart Causeway in Madeira Beach, deputies said. When the deputy tried to pull the car over, it began weaving in and out of traffic, striking another vehicle, a sheriff's spokesman said.
No one was injured.
The chase ended a half-mile later when the car pulled into a Bay Pines VA Medical Center parking lot, deputies said. Two men jumped out of the vehicle and were quickly arrested.
The men also are accused of breaking into a home in the 16100 block of Gulf Boulevard earlier Wednesday and attempting to steal a $3,000 60-in. flat-screen TV and a laptop.
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