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Stolen vehicles pursuit spans several towns, suspects remain at large

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This Jeep Liberty was one of three vehicles stolen in a spree that began in Clinton. The driver crashed it in Branford. (WFSB photo) This Jeep Liberty was one of three vehicles stolen in a spree that began in Clinton. The driver crashed it in Branford. (WFSB photo)
Connecticut State Police chase ends after vehicle crashes in East Haven (WFSB) Connecticut State Police chase ends after vehicle crashes in East Haven (WFSB)
Overnight pursuit ends in crash at Dunkin Donuts in Branford (WFSB) Overnight pursuit ends in crash at Dunkin Donuts in Branford (WFSB)
BRANFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Connecticut State Police are looking for several suspects after an overnight pursuit ended in two crashes early Friday morning.

Troopers said that three vehicles are a part of the on-going investigation.

According to state police, the suspects were involved in break-ins in Old Saybrook. The break-ins were reported by Old Saybrook police just before 3 a.m.

Troopers tracked them down Interstate 95 south into Branford. They were said to be in what was described as a 2008 Mercury Mariner, a 2004 Jeep Liberty and a 2003 Toyota Camry.

State police said the Liberty was reported stolen out of Hamden.

One of the cars crashed into a home in East Havenearly Friday morning.

Officials said the Liberty and three suspects traveled to Clinton sometime overnight.

That's where they took the Mariner and the Camry. They then headed to Old Saybrook to continue their break-in spree.

However, a car alarm in one neighborhood forced them to flee. A resident in the area spotted the vehicles and was able to provide descriptions to police.

Police said the Mariner and Camry were reportedly unlocked because the keys were nearby.

State police said they tried to initiate a stop on I-95, but the drivers refused.

Troopers said that's when all three cars split up.

The suspects' vehicles tried to leave the highway at exit 56.

The Mariner struck an embankment and crashed just outside Dunkin' Donuts on Leetes Island Road in Branford. The driver fled on foot.

The Liberty and Camry continued onto Route 1 in East Haven. At that point, state police said they ended the pursuit for safety reasons.

They said the Liberty eventually struck a house on Dodge Avenue in East Haven. That driver also fled on foot.

"There was a whole front porch here, double layer of brick in the foundation. He went right through that. The front doors don't close now because the hosue shifted," said homeowner Lou Pane as he looked at the damage.

The driver of the car was trying to outrun police and lost control.

"They'll have to build a temporary structure, just to make sure it's safe.  When the work is being done, they'll have to jack this up, brace it, rebuild the foundation wall here," said public adjuster Richard Ranciato.

The Camry and its driver was never found.

Troopers said a K9 team helped with the search, but the suspects remain at large.

No injuries were reported to either troopers or civilians.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 860-399-2100 or text "TIP711" to 274637.

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