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Chase suspects wanted in six cities for string of crimes

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(KMOV) -- Detectives from six different departments are lining up to file charges against the men arrested in Wednesday's high speed police chase.  After seeing the suspects, several departments believe the men are responsible for a string of crimes in their communities.

News 4's Maggie Crane spent the day going over the many cases with police.

Detectives from the six different departments are working together to compare notes on dozens of home burglaries, car break-ins and shots fired.  They think the guys they caught during the chase may have hopscotched their way through Maryland Heights, St. Ann, Hazelwood, Florissant, Berkley and Ferguson -- committing crime after crime before getting caught.

"They're just bad characters," Ferguson Police Chief tom Jackson said.

There's no telling yet just how many crimes may be cleared by having these guys locked up.

"There's a strong possibility that you're looking at the same group," Berkeley Police Chief Frank McCall said.

Police say driver Brandon Foster and passengers Darrell Davis and Ellis King put countless lives in danger when they fired shots out of their car window and drove the wrong way on Interstate 270.

Their mugs are familiar to police.

"Anytime you have a police officer who can see a picture and call an individual by name or call that individual by their nickname or their street name, that means he's well-known to this department," Chief McCall said.

McCall knew all five of the suspects arrested after the chase.

The juvenile who ran from the crash was caught by a K-9 officer.

"The one juvenile in the vehicle has a long history of violence," Chief Jackson said.

And so does another one of the passengers.

"He's out on bond  for burglaries," Chief Jackson said.  "He's been charged with burglary in the city of Ferguson."

Chief McCall also wants to question them for two shootings and several other home burglaries in Berkeley.

"One faction is shooting at another faction," Chief McCall said.  "The M.O. as far as what's been going on is very similar."

Chief McCall says the word he's getting from his detectives is that the two groups are retaliating against one another over a murder in Kinloch a few months ago.  He fears that the violence won't stop until someone is dead.

And then there's this -- police say the car the suspects were caught in was stolen in St. Ann, following three other break-ins there.
   
"And near where that car was stolen, a another stolen car was found," Chief Jackson said. 

Recounting Wednesday's events sounded like something out of a movie.

"I'm amazed," Chief Jackson said.  "And disheartened a little bit about how cold some of these young people are and how indifferent they are to anybody's life, including their own."

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