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A Fort Wayne man accused of taking $1,133 worth of items from Sears and leading police on a pursuit through the city in a stolen vehicle now faces multiple charges.

On Jan. 18, Robert F. Lyons Jr., 46, was seen leaving the Sears store at Glenbrook Square with a woman and several shopping bags of stolen merchandise, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The woman was not identified in court documents.

An off-duty police officer working security at the mall alerted police that Lyons was fleeing in a 2000 Ford F-150 pickup truck and a pursuit ensued, court documents said.

Lyons led officers on a high-speed chase south on Coldwater Road and then continued east on the wrong side of Ridgewood Drive. At one point, he ran into a 2005 Dodge Durango, court records said.

Officers called off the pursuit for safety reasons, including snow and heavy vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

Several minutes later, the pickup truck Lyons was driving was seen parked at Florida Drive and East State Boulevard. As officers approached, Lyons fled on foot and was captured in the front yard of a nearby home.

Two clear tubes with burnt residue – commonly known as crack pipes – were found in Lyons’ pocket, and police learned the vehicle Lyons was driving had been stolen, according to court documents.

Lyons, of the 4600 block of East Washington Boulevard, was charged Friday with theft, possession of paraphernalia, failure to stop after an accident resulting in damage to a vehicle and two counts of resisting law enforcement. He was being held without bond.