In the early hours of Thursday, Burbank police received a report of a catalytic converter theft on North Avon Street. Upon arriving at the scene, officers discovered three suspects in two separate vehicles attempting to flee the scene.
During the pursuit, one of the suspects in a Dodge Challenger collided with a patrol car at Avon Street and Whitnall Highway, causing minor injuries to the officer involved. The suspects then proceeded to switch into a Cadillac CTS and lead the officers on a high-speed chase through the city.
The chase finally came to an end when the suspects pulled over near Magnolia Boulevard and Mariposa Street. The three suspects attempted to run away but were eventually captured by police. The suspects were identified as 20-year-old Fernando Garcia, 18-year-old Raybon Johnson, and a 17-year-old boy.
All three suspects were arrested and booked on multiple felony charges. After searching the getaway cars, evidence was recovered that linked the suspects to a series of catalytic converter thefts. The police are currently investigating whether the suspects were involved in other crimes in Burbank and nearby cities.
The three suspects are due to appear in court on May 15. The officer injured in the crash has been treated and released. The Burbank Police Department has commended its officers for their swift response and successful apprehension of the suspects.