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Charges filed in Valdosta high speed chase Friday

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The house at 904 Lakeland Avenue The house at 904 Lakeland Avenue
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The street sign in the 900 block of Lakeland Avenue where the burglary happened The street sign in the 900 block of Lakeland Avenue where the burglary happened
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

Charges have now been filed in the case of a Friday afternoon burglary and car chase in Valdosta.

21 year-old Nathaniel Ware and 22 year-old Jarvis Bryant are facing multiple charges, including felony burglary.

Police say the two men broke into the home at 904 Lakeland avenue. A neighbor on the street called police around 3 p.m. on Friday to report suspicious activity at the home.

When police arrived on scene Jarvis took off in a vehicle, leading them on a chase that ended a short time later on inner perimeter road at the highway 84 intersection. One officer was struck by Jarvis' vehicle as it was fleeing the scene, but the officer was not injured.

Officers found Ware hiding in a closet inside the house when they checked the premises.

The homeowner, Travis Burke, was at work when he got a call from police.

"I had received a phone call at work from the cops claiming that my house was being robbed in progress," Burke explained.

"I was a little angry, said Burke, when asked how he reacted to the phone call. "I knew that they had a couple attempted burglaries already at my house, and I wish I had been at the house at the time so I could protect my own belongings."

Burke said when he arrived at his house, the chase had already begun and only a few officers and cop cars were at his house.

"There was a couple cop cars and there was some police line investigation going on. They were just processing the scene," Burke described.

Burke said he has considered moving. He added that police patrol the street regularly, and he does not feel that a lack of effort by the police department is to blame for the repeated burglary attempts.

The Valdosta Police Department is adding a special burglary unit to help deal with burglaries throughout the city.

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