Des Moines police say a burglar drove a truck through a garage wall in an effort to escape them early Thursday morning.
Police were called to 3803 Southeast 8th Street a little after 5:00 a.m. on a possible burglary in progress. The mother of the homeowner was staying with him and thought she heard someone in the garage. She woke her son and he tried to open the garage door but it would only open a foot.
The man could see someone in the garage, later identified as 25-year-old Benjamin Algreen. When police arrived they could see Algreen running around the garage, throwing tools. An officer identified himself and told him to get on the ground. Another officer came into the garage through a different entrance and Algreen jumped into the truck and started ramming the back wall of the garage.
After several attempts the truck broke through the wall of the garage and Algreen drove through a few fences and yards. He hit a tree at the corner of Southeast 10th Street and jumped out of the truck.
Officers chased him on foot but lost him for a short time. He was found hiding behind garbage cans at 1006 E. Watrous and taken into custody without incident.
Police believe the suspect was intoxicated and behaved like no other.
“It’s highly unusual for a suspect to go to this length to escape, most burglars don`t cause that much damage typically,” Sgt. Jason Halifax said.
Algreen is charged with criminal mischief, theft, burglary, interference with official acts, and a probation violation. He is being held in the Polk County Jail.
The family expects to pay out more than $60,000 in repairs.