As Jose Antonio Soto walked along a suburban West Palm Beach street Wednesday afternoon, the duffel bag in one hand and the towel-wrapped television under his arm caught the attention of a nearby deputy, authorities said.
When the deputy approached to investigate, Soto dropped the items and ran, according to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office report. The 35-year-old man allegedly climbed two fences and slid across the hood of a police car as he tried to escape.
His efforts would prove unsuccessful. Soto was arrested Wednesday on several charges, including grand theft and armed burglary. He was being held without bail Thursday at the Palm Beach County Jail. Jail records do not show a current address for Soto.
The alleged chase unfolded at about 1 p.m. Wednesday in the area of Purdy Lane and Haverhill Road. Soto was eventually caught near a church in the 2300 block of Sunset Drive. He was carrying an 8-inch long knife, according to a sheriff’s arrest report.
Deputies recovered the discarded items, including a 32-inch flat screen television. The bag contained, among other items, a Playstation 2 game console, an XBox game console, a bag of Cheetos and a bag of grapes, deputies said.
Soto declined to speak to deputies. He is currently on probation through December 2018 for committing a burglary in an unrelated case, the arrest report said.
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