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February 13, 2018 > Auto thief sprints from stolen car and eludes police

Auto thief sprints from stolen car and eludes police

Submitted By San Leandro PD

During a routine patrol in the parking lot at Marina Square shopping center, a sharp-eyed San Leandro police officer noticed a suspicious car with people sitting inside around 7:20 p.m. After running a computer check, the officer learned the car had been reported stolen. Other officers were called to the scene.

When officers tried to detain the occupants, the driver ran away and fled across Marina Boulevard. With the assistance of the Alameda County Sheriff?s Office, officers searched the neighborhood for the suspect, whom police described as a black man who appeared to be in his early 40s, about 6-feet-2-inches tall with a thin build and wearing a maroon and black sweater and jeans.

Using social media sites Nixle and Twitter, police asked nearby residents to stay indoors while the they searched for the suspect. After about 45 minutes, it was determined the suspect had escaped and the search was halted.

Meanwhile, detectives asking the public for help in identifying the suspect. Anyone who witnessed the incident or knows information that can help identify him, is asked to call the San Leandro Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at (510) 577-3230.

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