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* Teen Suspected of Auto Theft Caught in Creek in San Carlos

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A teenage auto theft suspect was arrested early Tuesday morning after allegedly ditching a stolen car and running into a creek in San Carlos, police said. Police said an officer pulled over a 1998 Lexus sedan at about 2:10 a.m., but when the officer walked over to the car, the driver sped off.  Police pursued the Lexus until the driver stopped abruptly at Eaton Avenue and Laurel Street, where three people exited the car and ran into a creek. Officers from the Belmont, Redwood City and San Carlos police departments and San Mateo County sheriff’s deputies searched the area and apprehended a 16-year-old boy from Redwood City. Police determined that the Lexus had been stolen from the 700 block of Tamarack Avenue in San Carlos. A stolen 1997 Toyota sedan was found in that block, and police believe the three suspects stole the Toyota from Redwood City and drove it to San Carlos before stealing the Lexus. Property taken from other cars was found in the Lexus and in the possession of the 16-year-old boy, police said. The boy was arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft, resisting and evading police, possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools. The two other suspects remain at large but police hope to identify them soon.
Anyone in the San Carlos area who might have had items stolen from a car this week should call the police department at (650) 802-4277.

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