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SLIDELL, La. - Four men who police say were in the middle of a crime spree were arrested early Thursday after stealing at least one car and leading officers on a chase that knocked down several mailboxes and went through residents' front yards.

According to Slidell Police, the four men from New Orleans - identified as 17-year-old Deon Greenridge, 21-year-old Maurice Tabb, 17-year-old Donovan McHenry and 19-year-old Kentrell Leggins, drove from New Orleans in a stolen SUV with the idea of targeting a Slidell neighborhood.

Police said that they were alerted to four men who were walking 'aimlessly' through a neighborhood and said they found two of the men - Greenridge and Tabb - and were questioning them when a Ford F-150 driven by Leggins roared by with the lights off.

Police pursued the truck, which apparently got lost in the neighborhood and knocked down mailboxes and drove through front yards. Police said the driver also tried to run over an officer who tried to stop the truck.

Police said the investigation revealed that the four men had driven to the area in a stolen Kia SUV and that they had already stolen the Ford truck and burglarized several other cars when police became involved.

Police Chief Randy Smith said that officers were alerted before the spree got too bad and he credited citizen involvement in thwarting the effort.

'Twice in one week, another alert citizen helped us take four more criminals off our streets. People in this community will not sit back and be victimized; they will stand up for what is right. I would also like to commend the officers who responded quickly and caught these four individuals.'

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