Suspected burglars arrested after police chase

ABINGTON, Pa. - October 13, 2010

And it may also have ended a rash of daytime burglaries throughout the Philadelphia suburbs.

Over the past year, police had noticed a white Ford pickup with a ladder rack in neighborhoods where burglaries had been reported.

Police in Abington began tailing a truck six days ago.

Yesterday, they found the truck at a house where $10,000 worth of jewelry was taken.

Police say they caught them red-handed.

The chase reached speeds of 65 miles per hour, as the truck sideswiped cars and ran stop signs.

At one point, a ladder flew off and went through the windshield of a car, barely missing the driver.

"It was a very frightening thing, it's fortunate that there were not more people injured and that no one was seriously injured," Abington Township Police Deputy Chief John Livingood.

Police arrested the driver of the truck, 62-year-old William Perkins, and 46-year-old John Wilson.

Perkins was injured in the crash.

Police now believe the pair from Philadelphia may have pulled off dozens of daytime burglaries throughout the region.

Both have served long jail terms for previous burglary convictions.

Perkins just was released from jail in February of 2008 after a 20-year stretch behind bars.

"I didn't do anything…completely innocent on any charge of burglary," Perkins told Action News as he was being walked away in handcuffs.

Both Perkins and Wilson are being held on $500,000 cash bail each, as the investigation continues.

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