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Lockdown lifted after 5 arrested following chase near school

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Five people are in custody after a crime spree across Charlotte. CMPD said they chased the suspects and shots may have been fired at a state trooper.

We're told this all started when police spotted a black SUV they believed was connected to a string of break-ins.

They tried to pull the SUV over on Tuckaseegee Road near State Street in northwest Charlotte.

But the vehicle sped away.

The pursuit ended in the Colony Acres subdivision off Nations Ford Road in south Charlotte.

Arrested were Larry Thomas, 17, Marlow Johnson, 26, Nico Benn, 18, Tyrell Brace, 16, and Milton Dunlap, 18, police said on Wednesday morning.

People in the Colony Acres development in South Charlotte described Tuesday afternoon as scary. They said when they saw all of these police chasing an SUV into their neighborhood they ran into their homes. One man said he saw his neighbor hide in his shed.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police said they converged on Colony Acres Drive after chasing an SUV.  

"We were by the highway and they came off the highway," said Ashley Cruz, "And they were going pretty fast."

Police officers, troopers and the SWAT team were looking for the final suspect, who they say was hiding in a home. Police said the chase started after witnesses gave police a description of a SUV seen leaving several break-ins throughout Charlotte.

The CMPD helicopter was able to track the SUV.  On the ground, the North Carolina State Patrol spotted the SUV and tried to pull it over for a traffic stop. But it didn't stop.

During the chase, police said three passengers in the SUV jumped out along the route.  They were taken into custody.   Investigators are also trying to determine if shots were fired at the troopers during the chase.

"We know no one was hit, no one was injured," said Major J.W. Estes with CMPD, "No return fire was initiated."

The driver of the car came to a stop between two houses in Colony Acres.  And police said the driver ran and hid inside a home.

"He wouldn't come out. So they had to get him out of there," said Tom Rush.

Tom Rush lives near where police said they caught the last of four people they believe were involved in those break-ins.

"It'll shake you up because I've been out here because I didn't know what was going on," said Rush.

Police said the SUV came to a stop between two homes.  

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