A pair of would-be car thieves was caught in the act Friday morning in Tampa.
Jeremy Holloway and Justin George are facing a variety of charges including burglary and grand theft auto.
According to a Tampa Police Department report the suspects were apprehended while driving around in a 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass that was reported stolen from a residence late Thursday night.
Just before 9 a.m. several plain clothes officers with TPD were conducting surveillance near Patriot Park when they observed Holloway, 27, and George, 26, in the stolen car.
A passenger in the vehicle exited and crouched next to another vehicle in the park. The suspect placed his hands up to the window to see what was inside.
He jumped back into the Cutlass and the pair fled when they saw a City of Tampa vehicle approaching. The suspects drove north along Bayshore Blvd. and were monitored from the sky by TPD air support.
TPD ground units remained several blocks away to prevent a pursuit along the Gasparilla Parade route. The stolen car eventually turned onto Rome Ave. before striking a tree while attempting a turn.
Holloway and George jumped from the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot. A perimeter was established and several K-9 Units were brought in to track the pair.
George was arrested after a homeowner found him hiding on a back porch. Holloway was apprehended in a similar manner.
Holloway is being held on a bond of $16,250. He has an extensive arrest record in Hillsborough County and has served two stints in the state prison system.
His prior arrests include a variety of charges such as burglary, grand theft, criminal mischief and battery on a law enforcement officer.
George posted a bond of $8,750 and was released early Saturday morning. He too has an extensive arrested record and has also served two stints in the state prison system for convictions out of Hillsborough County.
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