Police later didn’t know the vehicle, a white Kia Rio, was possibly connected to the Target break-in when it was seen driving aggressively and fled a traffic stop at about midnight. That caused the Ohio State Highway Patrol to be on the lookout for the Rio, according to Lt. Matt Schmenk, commander of the OSHP Xenia Post.
The Rio was spotted again around 4 a.m. on U.S. 35 traveling at 101 mph, Schmenk said. The driver sped away from the attempted traffic stop, then exited the bypass toward Xenia.
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Xenia officers responded to the alert and successfully deployed a tire-deflation device, stopping the vehicle in a parking lot at Allison Avenue and Main Street.
Five people exited the car and ran toward an apartment complex. Police set up a perimeter and captured all five in about 30 minutes. Four of the suspects are juveniles, Schmenk said.
Several electronic items were found in the Rio.
“At the end of the day we’re just glad that everything worked out where nobody got hurt and we got this vehicle stopped and everybody is in custody,” Schmenk said.
In addition to Xenia police, troopers were assisted by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office and Kettering police, which provided a K-9 unit to assist in the search.