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Pelham Police Assist Pelham Manor With Arrest

PELHAM MANOR, N.Y. – The Pelham Manor Police Department arrested a man accused of stealing items from two cars on Francis Street after he was chased by a Pelham Manor sergeant through James Street yards, causing property damage on Sunday, police said.

Kirk Barclay, 18, was caught by a Pelham police officer in the area of Timpson Street and Secor Lane after fleeing from the sergeant. He was accused of stealing $189, two iPods, a pair of sunglasses, two Visa gift cards, a silver-colored Michal Kors watch, and two digital cameras, among several other items.

An Esplanade resident initially called the Pelham Manor Police Department after observing someone trying to break into his car, police said. When the resident banged on his bedroom window, the suspect was startled and ran south-bound on Francis Street, police said.

The suspect’s description was put out over the radio and the Pelham Police Department was called to assist. Shortly thereafter, the sergeant reported that he had spotted the suspect hiding in the driveway of a James Street home behind a car.

The sergeant had the man stopped at gunpoint because he would not show his hands and kept them concealed, police said. The suspect first said “You’re gonna have to shoot me to get me, expletive,” and moved closer to the sergeant, and then repeated the same phrase without the expletive. The suspect then turned around and fled south on James Street, which is when a foot pursuit began through several yards.

Barclay was tackled by the sergeant and struggled with him in the rear yard of a James Street home. The sergeant sustained cuts, bruises, and injuries to his right arm, right hip, and right leg when he landed on a large rock formation in the yard, police said. The suspect broke free, broke through a fence, and ran through a Timpson Street yard where he was caught by a Pelham officer.

The sergeant also recovered a white plastic bag “the suspect was carrying” and it “contained alleged stolen property,” but police said they were not able to locate or identify any owners.

The suspect was placed in a Pelham Manor police car where he and the sergeant “briefly struggled” because Barclay was seen attempting to use a handcuff key that he had hidden, police said.

The suspect was transported to Pelham Manor Headquarters, where he was read his Miranda Rights. He then agreed “to talk and drive around the area to try and show” the cars he had broken into, police said.

He identified only the two vehicles at Esplanade. He admitted to breaking into two cars and stealing the items he had been caught carrying, police said.

A resident from Francis Street and James Street said their cars were broken into, but both refused to press charges. The residents whose fence was broken by the suspect refused to press charges as well.

Due to Barclay’s “irrational/aggressive behavior,” police decided against taking him by a victim’s home or the victim to the arrest location for identification purposes. After processing, the suspect was placed in a holding cell to await arraignment and formal charges.

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