Boynton Beach Cops Released From Hospital; Burglary Suspect Still Missing

All three of the Boynton Beach Police officers injured during Officer Rachel Loy's third car crash have been released from the hospital -- including Loy herself -- but one of the suspects from the burglary they were responding to is still missing.

Boynton Beach Police Sgt. Suzanne Gitto said yesterday afternoon that Loy and Officer George Baldino were released from Delray Hospital and that the other officer in the crash -- Clayton Harris -- had previously been released.

The cops are still looking for 22-year-old Markell Hollis, who allegedly burglarized a house and started a police chase along with his 17-year-old brother and an 18-year-old man on Tuesday before their truck crashed into a house.

According to a probable-cause affidavit from the Boynton Beach Police Department, cops responded to a house on the 2600 block of NE Fourth Court after a witness saw men entering the house and taking things out.

As police responded to the scene, the suspected burglars were on their way out of the neighborhood in their Ford F-150 truck when the cops spotted them.

The report says the truck took several "evasive turns," jumping a median and driving at high speed before losing control and crashing into a house on NW 27th Court.

The three guys in the truck bailed, while the house took $25,000 worth of damage, according to the report.

Cops caught Chedo Ceance, who turned 18 about two weeks ago, at a nearby convenience store and caught Markell Hollis' 17-year-old brother, Michael Hollis, after a police K-9 sniffed him out hiding in someone's backyard, according to the cops.

Police say they found a bag of .38-caliber bullets in the backyard with Michael Hollis.

During all of this, the car driven by Officer Loy crashed into a concrete pole on the 1400 block of North Seacrest Boulevard as she drove herself and Officers Baldino and Harris to the scene.

There's no new information about the crash in the police report, although a line has been redacted from the report that appears to be a description of the officers' injuries during the crash.

Although Markell Hollis got away from the cops, his alleged co-burglars and his parents were cooperating with police.

Hollis' mother got Markell on the phone in a three-way call with police, and the cops say Markell admitted to loading a TV into the truck from the burglary victim's home and driving the truck during the police pursuit but, strangely enough, "denied any involvement in the burglary," the report says.

Among the things stolen from the house were three rifles, two 12-gauge shotguns, a 47-inch TV, $200 worth of quarters in ten jars, two silver dollars, the .38-caliber ammo, and $15 in cash. Police say the men broke into the house by shattering a window.

The cops are still looking for Markell Hollis, whose criminal history includes a felony conviction for burglary of a Palm Beach County home in October 2010.

There's an active warrant out on Hollis, who's facing charges of armed burglary with a firearm, grand theft, aggravated fleeing and eluding, felon in possession of a firearm, driving with a suspended license, leaving the scene of an accident with injuries, and resisting arrest.

According to Boynton Beach Police, "He should be considered armed and very dangerous."

The cops ask that
anyone with information about him should call the department at 561-732-8116 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at 800-458-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip on their Facebook page.

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