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April 3, 2018 > Police seek help in solving wheel theft case

Police seek help in solving wheel theft case

Submitted By San Leandro PD

Early in the morning on Friday, March 30 officers from the San Leandro Police Department were dispatched to a wheel theft in progress from a newer Honda in the 2100 block of Benedict Drive. Officers arrived as the theft was still in progress, prompting the suspect to run. An officer tried to apprehend the suspect, but the suspect entered a waiting vehicle and fled. The fleeing vehicle collided into a parked car and the officer had to jump out of the way to avoid being struck.

Officers pursued the suspect vehicle south on Benedict Drive until it crashed into the hillside near Kindrid Hospital in the 2800 block of Benedict Drive. One suspect was immediately taken into custody while another suspect fled up the hill into unincorporated San Leandro.

A perimeter was set up just before 6 a.m. with the assistance of the Alameda County SheriffÕs Office and the California Highway Patrol. The Alameda County SheriffÕs Office sent their air support unit with three drones. After an extensive search of the hillside and yards, a police canine tracked suspect footprints suggesting he made it out of the perimeter along the freeway.

The suspect vehicle was a black Mercedes sports utility vehicle and was reported stolen in October and was displaying paper dealer plates. This vehicle was seen at two prior wheel thefts in San Leandro over the past few months. Officers located eight additional tires and wheels inside the vehicle suggesting there were two additional victim vehicles having yet to be identified.

"This could have ended with tragic results had the officer not been able to move out of the way of the fleeing suspect vehicle," said Lieutenant Ron Clark. ÒMore and more frequently we are seeing suspects that have a wanton disregard for public safety as they focus on getting away from the police."

Investigators are asking that anyone who had their tires and rims stolen the night of March 29 to call Detective Jason Vincent at (510) 577-3234 or send an email to jvincent@sanleandro.org.

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