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May 7, 2014 10:32 PM by Bart Bedsole - bbedsole@kristv.com

Suspected Cooler Thief Leads Police On Lengthy Pursuit

CORPUS CHRISTI - A suspected cooler thief lead police on a dangerous chase Wednesday afternoon.

When it was over, several cars, including a police SUV, were badly damaged.

It began on the T-heads along the Bayfront.

Police had their eyes on the suspect the whole time, believing he was responsible for a number of these thefts recently.

They saw him take a high end YETI cooler from the back of a pickup, and they moved in, but they were unable to contain him, and pursuit was on.

Capt. Hollis Bowers says, "He jumped in his car and took off. In the pursuit, I think there was a crash with an officer, and then also a crash here with the fence."

That wooden fence, outside a small business on Clifford near 6 Points, was destroyed when the suspect drove through it.

He then hit a wall and tried to run, but was quickly caught.

Despite all the damage, there were no serious injuries.

Late Wednesday evening, police identified the suspect as 21 year old Nicolas Kuntscher.

Kuntscher faces charges of Assault on a Peace Officer, for trying to hit several of them on the Bayfront, along with Evading and Theft.

Bowers claims Kuntscher would frequently target YETI coolers.

They began watching him because he was pawning so many items at local pawn shops.

There is a special group of CCPD officers who monitor that pawn shop activity, to identify possible thieves.

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