EPD: Chase leads to arrest after burglary at Pho Thin Long restaurant

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EUREKA, Calif. - A man was arrested Thursday after reportedly throwing a brick through the front window of Pho Thiên Long, a business in Eureka, then burglarizing it, according to the Eureka Police Department (EPD).

EPD said at around 5:38 p.m. on Nov. 2, police received a call of a burglary in progress at a business on the 300 block of Fourth Street in Eureka. According to officers, the caller said a person threw a brick through the front window of the closed business, entered the business and then left with a box of items. EPD said the caller also provided a description of both the suspect and the vehicle that the suspect drove away in.

EPD said while responding to the scene, an officer saw the suspect vehicle traveling southbound on D Street and followed it until additional units could arrive. Officers said several traffic stops were attempted on the vehicle, but the suspect failed to yield and continued southbound on Broadway at about 30 mph, at which point a pursuit, led by Sgt. Gary Whitmer, began.

The suspect drove southbound until he exited Eureka city limits, at which point EPD said it requested assistance from the California Highway Patrol, the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office and the Fortuna Police Department.

Police said as the suspect reached the Palmer Boulevard exit in Fortuna, spike strips were deployed and successfully flattened the car's two front tires. The suspect then abruptly took the Fortuna Main Street exit where he pulled over onto the shoulder and stopped, EPD said. He was then taken into custody without incident.

In plain view on the front seat of the suspect's vehicle, officers located property belonging to the business that was burglarized, police said. EPD said Ngo stole the cash drawer and the tip box from Pho Thiên Long.

The suspect, identified as 44-year-old Tai Minh Ngo was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of burglary, evading and resisting arrest, and driving on a suspended license, according to EPD. He is being held on $50,000 bail.

This is an open investigation and anyone with information concerning this incident is urged to contact Officer Soltow with EPD at 707-441-4060.

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