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Escapees steal truck, dog before being captured

HINDS COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A high-speed chase involving stolen vehicles ended with the last two Hinds County escapees back behind bars. The men, John Rollins and Montreal Anderson, kept breaking the law right up until they were captured.

One of those crimes involved the theft of a Raymond man’s vehicle; inside with those criminals; his nine-year-old golden retriever.

“It shook me up so bad, I had to call my wife to come get me,” said Joe Cox.

Cox had just stopped at Obie's Chevron in Clinton to grab a few things.

He left his car running to keep the vehicle cool for his golden retriever, Chase. When he came back out, both were gone.

"I thought someone was playing a joke on me,” he said.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol said one of the two Hinds County escapees stole the Ford F-150.

Both convicts led law enforcement on a high-speed chase down Interstate 20 after a trooper noticed the stolen vehicle on the roadway. That highway patrolman tried to pull the vehicle over, but they wouldn't yield.

"The vehicle took Highway 61 North exit, reached speeds of about a hundred miles an hour," said Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace. "At the intersection of Oakridge Road and 61 North, it appears that he attempted to turn into Oakridge Road when he lost control.” 

Officers captured both men after a short foot pursuit.

Eventually, Cox discovered all of this as well, after someone on Facebook told him they had located his dog.

"I didn't know any of it was connected,” said Cox.

Cox arrived at an apartment complex in Clinton, one where the criminals had already ditched one ride in favor of the freshly-stolen F-150.

When they did that, somehow Chase managed to get away.

“It all turned out good, and thank God for that," said Cox. "I'm an old man, and I don't need to lose my dog.”

It could have been a lot worse, Cox added. He said he kept a handgun in the truck that neither of the escapees found.

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