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3 arrested in connection with more than $20,000 in stolen merchandise

Officers are searching for a third suspect, pictured here. He is described as 6'3" and 250 lbs. with a large build and beard. (Source: McCracken County Sheriff's Department) Officers are searching for a third suspect, pictured here. He is described as 6'3" and 250 lbs. with a large build and beard. (Source: McCracken County Sheriff's Department)
Jamar L. Moore was taken to the McCracken County Regional Jail. (Source: McCracken County Sheriff's Department) Jamar L. Moore was taken to the McCracken County Regional Jail. (Source: McCracken County Sheriff's Department)
Joshua Hanserd was taken to the Marshall County Jail. (Source: McCracken County Sheriff's Department) Joshua Hanserd was taken to the Marshall County Jail. (Source: McCracken County Sheriff's Department)
Some of the stolen property recovered by officers. (Source: McCracken County Sheriff's Department) Some of the stolen property recovered by officers. (Source: McCracken County Sheriff's Department)
More stolen property recovered by officers. (Source: McCracken County Sheriff's Department) More stolen property recovered by officers. (Source: McCracken County Sheriff's Department)
MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY (KFVS) -

All three men wanted in connection with allegedly stealing thousands of dollars in merchandise are now in custody.

The Marshall County Sheriff's Department confirms that 26-year-old Shane F. Utley of Gallatin, Tenn., the third and final suspect, was arrested Thursday night around 10:45 p.m. on Interstate 24 by the Marshall County Sheriff's Office with the help of Calvert City Police. He was taken to the Marshall County Detention Center on an outstanding warrant.

Utley was charged with fleeing or evading police.

Jamar L. Moore, 22, of Antioch, Tenn., was charged with speeding in excess of 100 mph, reckless driving, fleeing or evading first degree, receiving stolen property over $10,000. Kentucky State Police charged him with fleeing or evading police on foot and resisting arrest in Marshall County. He was taken to the McCracken County Regional Jail.

Joshua Hanserd, 26, of Nashville, Tenn., was charged with receiving stolen property over $10,000. Marshall County deputies also charged him with fleeing or evading police on foot and resisting arrest in Marshall County. He was taken to the Marshall County Jail.

The McCracken County Sheriff's Department said they were notified around 4:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25 that a police chase was underway on Interstate 24 in Illinois and the silver Honda Accord was headed toward the Kentucky-Illinois state line.

They say they were told there were three men in the car and the driver was wanted.

Once the chase entered into Kentucky, the Johnson County, Illinois Sheriff's Department broke off of the chase. The McCracken County Sheriff's Department said deputies met the suspect vehicle at around the 11 mile marker and clocked the car at around 115 miles per hour.

Deputies followed the car and once it reached the 25 mile marker on I-24, just west of the Purchase Parkway Interchange, they say it abruptly pulled off the road.

According to the deputies, three people inside the car quickly got out and ran into the wooded areas adjacent to the interstate. They say two of the suspects ran in a south-easterly direction and the other one ran across all four lanes of I-24, going north.

Marshall County Sheriff's deputies, Calvert City police, Benton police and the Kentucky State  Police responded to assist.

A McCracken County K-9 was also called to the scene.

According to the McCracken County Sheriff's Department, extensive ground searches in the area were conducted. Around 6:25 a.m., two KSP troopers saw two of the suspects in a wood line near the I-24 and Purchase Parkway Interchange.

After giving chase, one of the two suspects, Moore, was caught by the troopers. Deputies say he fought briefly with them until being subdued and taken into custody.

The sheriff's department said the search continued when they got a call about a sighting of another one of the suspects in the area of the Calvert Drive Inn.

Around 9:41 a.m., a deputy saw the second suspect, Hanserd, just off of I-24. They say he ran from them, but was caught by the deputy. After a brief struggle, he was taken into custody.

Officials say the suspect vehicle was removed and impounded at the sheriff's department. They got a search warrant for it and deputies found the vehicle's back seat and trunk to be "stuffed and crammed full of stolen property, electronics, computers, laptops, iPads, iPods, etc."

Deputies say all of the recovered items were new and still in the store packaging. They say the items appeared to have been stolen from Walmart stores.

A representative of the Walmart Corporation met with deputies and confirmed that the items did in fact belong to Walmart stores, confirming that all the items were stolen. The items recovered were valued at over $20,000.

After further investigation, deputies learned the suspects were allegedly part of an operation out of the Nashville, Tenn. area. They say this group works areas in about a two to three hour radius of Nashville, hitting Walmart stores between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m. when not much staff is present.

According to deputies, this group allegedly goes into stores, distracts employees and loads shopping carts full of expensive electronic equipment. They they wheel them right out the door to a waiting vehicle with a getaway driver.

Deputies say this group of three men allegedly did this early Thursday morning at a Walmart in Salem, Ill. and one in Mt. Vernon, Ill. They say the items recovered came from these two stores.

They say the suspects then went to a Walmart in Marion, Ill., but saw a Marion police officer in the store, which spooked them. They say police followed the suspects in Marion for a while before the suspects got away.

A short time later, deputies say the Johnson County sheriff's deputies spotted the vehicle again and followed it to the Kentucky state line.

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