HOUSTON -- A suspect was arrested Thursday morning after leading police on a high-speed chase from Bellaire to north Houston.

The chase started around 8:30 a.m. and ended about 40 minutes later.

Believe it or not, it was all set in motion 24 hours earlier by a Bellaire man who wishes to remain anonymous.

I was in my house and could see into the garage through the back door and saw a young man come in and take my golf clubs, said the man who lives in the 4400 block of Basswood. I went out the door and caught him peeling out and was able to get the license plate and a description of the vehicle.

The homeowner called a made a criminal report. That suspect s vehicle was spotted by a Bellaire police officer Thursday morning, and a chase ensued.

He did the perfect thing, said Bellaire Police Chief Byron Holloway. He didn t confront the suspect. He got information on it, and he called us. The suspect came back to do some more crime this morning and he got caught. That s the way it works, when it works well.

The chase ended near Little York, when the suspect pulled into the parking lot of Nationwide Trailers in the 8400 block of the North Freeway.

He was just sliding, and he didn t have any traction whatsoever, said employee Morgan White. I thought for sure he was going to hit something around here.

As White snapped photos with her smart phone, she noticed something that seemed kind of odd.

He was smoking a cigarette, and he got down and even when they handcuffed him and put him in the car, he still had that cigarette in his mouth. I thought that was kind of impressive, said White, adding that it would probably be his last cigarette for a very long time.

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