1 in custody near Jackson North after Islamorada burglary leads to cross-county chase

NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - Police have taken one person into custody after a burglary in Islamorada led to a cross-county pursuit that came to an end at a parking garage next to Jackson North Medical Center.

7News cameras captured a very active scene at the hospital, as rifle-wielding officers searched the premises, Sunday evening.

According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, they received a call at around 3:20 p.m. of a subject or subjects attempting to steal some items at a West Marine.

Investigators said the subject fled the scene northbound in an SUV.

Deputies and Florida City Police units began following the individual. Upon entering Miami-Dade County, deputies units ceased to pursue, and Florida Highway Patrol and Miami-Dade Police units took over.

The subject’s flight from authorities would end just shy of the Miami-Dade/Broward county line.

Officials said he was taken into custody at a parking garage adjacent to the hospital.

The SUV was also recovered at the scene. According to Miami-Dade Police, a routine records check revealed the vehicle to be stolen.

Police stressed that the subject never entered the hospital.

Nevertheless, Jackson North was briefly put on lockdown when police arrived. It has since resumed operations.

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