Cape Coral police officers arrested two men Tuesday in connection to ongoing thefts from BJ's, officials said.
Over the past several days, thieves have been stealing video games from BJ's, at 1929 N.E. Pine Island Road, and taking the games to Play-N-Trade across the street to sell. More than $2,000 was stolen in the past week.
While officers were in the area conducting an investigation on the thefts, the men were located - one was reportedly in the act of committing another retail theft, and a foot pursuit ensued. The pursuit took place along Pine Island Road and through business parking lots. The man was issued repeated verbal commands to stop.
David Joseph Tyrrell
The pursing officer deployed his Taser in an attempt to stop the man, but it was ineffective.
Another police officer maneuvered a patrol vehicle into a vacant field where the ongoing foot pursuit was happening. The man and the vehicle collided, and the man was taken into custody, according to officials.
He was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital, where he was medically cleared and then to the Lee County Jail.
The second man, who was reportedly acting as a lookout, was taken into custody without incident.
The two men arrested and charged were:
- David Joseph Tyrrell, 27, with retail theft and resisting without violence
- Ronald Arthur Nelson, 31, with retail theft
The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending.
Source: Cape Coral Police Department