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Suspected Car Thief Leads Officers on 50-mile Chase

Thursday, December 12th, 2013
Issue 50, Volume 17.

MORENO VALLEY - A suspected car thief led police on a pursuit today that began in Orange County and ended in neighboring Riverside County.

The man, whose identity was not immediately available, allegedly stole a white pickup truck and was pursued by Irvine police officers into Riverside County about 1:30 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

"Irvine P.D. turned the pursuit over to us when he crossed into our area," CHP Officer Travis Monks said.

The chase began about 12:50 p.m. when the suspect, who lives in Orange County, was seen trespassing at a business at 17742 Mitchell Ave., where the owners had obtained a restraining order against him, Irvine police Lt. Julia Engen said.

"He's fixated on that business," she said. "For some reason he's gone Advertisement
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there enough that they have a restraining order against him."

At some point he stole one of the company's vehicles and took off just before police arrived, Engen said.

Irvine police were in touch with the man via telephone during the pursuit, Engen said.

"I don't know if that facilitated the end of the pursuit or not," she said.

It began as a relatively slow-speed chase, Engen said.

The suspect went north on Interstate 15 and then east on the Pomona (60) Freeway, briefly going into the city of Jurupa Valley via Valley Way and Rubidoux Boulevard before returning to the freeway and heading into Moreno Valley.

The suspect veered off the freeway and stopped under a tree at Gilman Springs Road, where he was taken into custody.



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Comment #1 | Thursday, Dec 12, 2013 at 5:24 pm
The truck had no seat! It was being reupholstered when it was stolen.

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