Arrest made after car chase ends on I-4 in Orange County

Man suspected in $1M jewelry robbery in Tampa, officials say

Author: Amaka Ubaka, Reporter, aubaka@wkmg.com
Published On: Dec 12 2013 03:30:31 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 12 2013 11:58:00 PM EST
Bryan Bobby Beaudoin
ORLANDO, Fla. -

A car chase has ended on Interstate 4 on Thursday afternoon, leading to an arrest of a man believed to be involved in a $1-million jewelry heist.

Orlando police and agents with Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms were pursuing a vehicle with a felony robbery suspect inside on Interstate 4 near Kirkman Road.

"We saw him leave and he left at a high rate of speed," said Scott Etheridge with ATF. "OPD took the lead and 15 minutes later he lost control of his vehicle and ended up in the ditch."

Orlando police arrested Bryan Bobby Beaudoin, of Orlando, on charges stemming from a Nov. 22 robbery at the International Diamond Center in Tampa, in which ATF says Beaudoin and two other suspects stole jewelry worth more than $1 million, and only some of it has been recovered.

Clyde Johnson and Anthony Wahaba were later identified as the other two suspects that had already been arrested, who police said are also from Orlando.

ATF called Beaudoin the "mastermind" behind the robbery, planning it and giving another suspect a weapon.

I-4 was shut down briefly on Thursday afternoon because Beaudoin ran across the highway into the woods but he was quickly arrested, officials said.

Beaudoin was driving his own car and surrendered without any issues. No jewelry was found in his truck.

He will be charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and the use or carry of a firearm in a crime of violence.

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