Men charged with breaking into cars on LMPD lot

Updated: May. 13, 2016 at 5:15 PM EDT
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Derrik Dowdy during his May 13, 2016 arraignment. (Source: Justin Hawkins, WAVE 3 News)
Derrik Dowdy during his May 13, 2016 arraignment. (Source: Justin Hawkins, WAVE 3 News)
Lonnie Groce III (Source: LMDC)
Lonnie Groce III (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Two men arrested after a foot chase are charged with breaking into cars at the police impound lot.

Derrik Z. Dowdy, 33, and Lonnie D Groce III, 40, both of Louisville, were arrested in the 1400 block of Frankfort Ave. at 10 a.m. May 12. They were spotted on the Louisville Metro police impound lot grounds a short time earlier with no reason to be there.

A police detective found several of the vehicles on the lot had been broken into and their stereos removed. A backpack containing the stereos was found just outside a hole in the fencing. Police say at least 21 vehicles had been broken into.

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Dowdy and Groce are each charged with criminal trespassing and theft by unlawful taking from an auto. Dowdy is also facing charges of fleeing from police after he was spotting running through the neighboring Allied Ready Mix property before being caught after running onto Interstate 64 West.

Dowdy was additionally charged with two counts of burglary and one count of receiving stolen property.

Groce was wanted on a fugitive warrant from Clark County, Indiana and bench warrants in Louisville for shoplifting and probation violation.

At his arraignment, a plea of not guilty was entered by the court for him. Considered a high flight risk, Dowdy was ordered held on a $5,000 cash bond. Groce was arraigned at the Hall of Justice on his charges. Details of the arraignment were not immediately available.

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