Mugshots of 2 Charged in Cop Car Thefts Released

by | March 6, 2013 at 2:49 PM | Crime, General, Local News

Philadelphia police have released the mugshots – along with a slew of charges – for a couple charged with stealing two police cars during a wild chase on Tuesday.

According to the statement released by the Philadelphia Police Department:

Camden Police stopped a vehicle at Haddon and Federal Streets in Camden, New Jersey. The solo officer was conducting a vehicle investigation when the offenders who unrelated to the initial car stop jumped into the officer’s vehicle striking him as they fled. The officer was able to radio for assistance; he was transported to Cooper Hospital and admitted in serious condition with leg injuries.

Camden Police observed the stolen police car going over the Ben Franklin Bridge into Philadelphia. A pursuit of the patrol vehicle proceeded into Philadelphia north on 5th Street. With the assistance of Philadelphia Police the stolen Camden patrol car was stopped at 7th and Norris Streets. As the male operator was apprehended, police observed a female get into Philadelphia Police Car 2625 and drive south on 7th Street from Norris. As several responding units attempted to stop the stolen Philadelphia patrol car the female driver recklessly drove through the narrow streets at a high rate of speed.

A 55 year old female pedestrian was crossing the street at American and Lehigh Avenue when she saw the stolen police car turn the corner going northbound on American Street. She quickly stepped back to avoid being hit and fell striking her head on the ground. She was transported to Episcopal Hospital where she was treated for a bump on her head and released.

The vehicle continued to elude police striking three unattended cars at 600 West Lehigh Avenue. The stolen police vehicle continued to flee despite having heavy front end damage and finally coming to rest on the 1100 block of Hope Street where the female operator was arrested without incident.

Blake Bills. Philly PD Photo.

Offender#1, Blake Bills, 24 year old male from 3XX Oxford Place Macungie, PA., is charged with Receiving Stolen Property, Unauthorized Use of Auto, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Fleeing and Eluding Police and Driving Under the Influence.

Shayna Sykes. Philly PD Photo.

Offender#2, Shayna Sykes 23 year old female from 3XX Oxford Place Macungie PA., is charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault, Simple Assault, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Fleeing and Eluding Police, Driving Under the Influence and two counts of Theft, Receiving Stolen Property and Unauthorized Use of Auto.

The photos of Bills and Sykes released by the Philadelphia Police Department contrast with a bikini-clad photo that caused much buzz yesterday after their arrest.

More on the Sykes-Bills arrest from NBC 10: Couple Suspected in 3rd Car Chase