A thief on parole stole $900 worth of Lego sets from a California store before leading police on a car chase, authorities said Sunday.
Officers in Vallejo, a suburb of San Francisco, were called to a store in response to a report of a burglary in the 700 block of Admiral Callaghan Lane on Friday. Store staff said the thief took Lego toys worth $900.
They gave authorities a description of the suspect and a Hyundai Sonata with a stolen license plate that was waiting outside.
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A police patrol unit spotted the stolen vehicle and attempted to stop the driver, leading to an 11-mile chase, police said. During the chase, a passenger jumped out of the Sonata while it was traveling 50 mph, police said.
Officers continued the chase until the driver lost control and crashed into a retaining wall, police said. The unidentified suspect was arrested and transported to hospital. He had two outstanding arrest warrants for robbery and a traffic violation, authorities said.
Meanwhile, officers were searching for the passenger who jumped from the stolen car, police said. Later, a resident informed authorities that someone was hiding in his backyard trash can.
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The passenger was found when officers entered and searched the rear of the home, authorities said. The thief later allegedly admitted to stealing and selling LEGO sets.
A check of his records revealed he was on parole for possession of a stolen vehicle.