Burglary and Pawn Unit
Patrol Operations Bureau
Major Accident Investigation Team
Suspect: Gary Nolan DOB: 12/21/63 Address: Described as Transient
Driving With License Permanently Revoked
Dealing In Stolen Property
Fleeing and Eluding with Wanton Disregard
More charges pending
What: A burglary suspect is in custody after leading deputies on a pursuit in the Seminole area this afternoon. The suspect is identified at Gary Nolan, DOB: 12/21/63. He is identified as a career criminal and was just released from Florida DOC in January 2012 after serving seven years on similar charges of burglary and more.
When: Nolan was arrested following a pursuit which began around 1:13 this afternoon, Thursday, July 19, 2012.
Where: The pursuit began after Nolan fled from burglary detectives after an arrest attempt at a Largo area golf pro shop.
How/Why: Sheriff’s Burglary detectives had been investigating numerous residential burglaries in the Harbor Bluffs and Belleair Bluffs area. These burglaries primarily occurred due to the fact that the garage doors were open at the residences. Items taken in the burglaries consisted of golf clubs, golf bags, fishing equipment and other items.
Detectives developed information that the suspect was trying to sell the stolen golf equipment to local pro shops.
Just after 1:00 p.m. today, July 19th, Burglary Sergeant Jeremy Nygren and Detective Ward Snyder observed the suspect at the Pinecrest Golf Club, located at 1200 8th Avenue SW in Largo. He was not at a pawn shop as previously reported.
Nygren and Snyder challenged Nolan, and utilized an electronic control device, however, Nolan was able to escape in a white Lexus SUV. He reportedly grazed Detective Snyder with the vehicle as he fled the scene.
The Lexus is a stolen vehicle, and the tag on the Lexus was also stolen from another vehicle.
Nolan proceeded from the Pinecrest location in Largo, eventually heading southbound on Seminole Blvd., where uniform deputies closed in behind. During the course of the pursuit, Deputy Josh Jones was involved in a crash at 54th Avenue and Seminole Blvd., with minor injuries.
Two civilian vehicles were involved in the crash. According to investigators with the Sheriff’s Major Accident Investigation Team, Deputy Jones was following Nolan’s vehicle southbound on Seminole Blvd., when Nolan suddenly changed lanes just as a car in front of Jones stopped. Deputy Jones rear-ended the civilian’s vehicle, a 2007 Honda Accord, which collided into another vehicle, a 2005 Suzuki hatchback. The occupants of those vehicles declined medical treatment; Deputy Jones was checked for minor injuries.
The Lexus continued south and then eastbound on Bay Pines Blvd., where at some point the Lexus slowed or stalled as deputies boxed-in the vehicle near 100th Way.
Nolan was removed from the Lexus and placed into custody. He continued to struggle with deputies and refused to comply with their commands. An electronic control device was then utilized to gain compliance.
Nolan was taken to the Pinellas County Jail. He faces numerous charges.