A suspected car thief was arrested Tuesday after officers chased him through Redwood City traffic. A white 2010 Lexus sedan was reported stolen on Friday from a home in the 400 block of Luff Lane in Redwood Shores, police said.
The victim’s purse and credit cards were in the car when it was stolen, according to Redwood City police. Purchases were charged to the cards shortly after the theft. On Monday at about 3:30 p.m., detectives were able to track the stolen vehicle to the 100 block of G Street in Redwood City.
Two suspects, 25-year-old Heather Inamasu and 26-year-old Nicholas Castro, came out of a home and got into the stolen car, according to police. When detectives tried to approach the vehicle, Inamasu got out of the car and ran and Castro drove off, police said. Inamasu was quickly chased down and taken into custody.
Officers pursued Castro to Veterans Boulevard and Whipple Avenue, where he allegedly exited the Lexus and ran after he got stuck in traffic, police said. He was taken into custody after a brief foot chase. Castro, a parolee, was booked into San Mateo County Jail for auto theft, evading a police officer, resisting arrest, possession of methamphetamine and violating parole.
Inamasu was booked for an outstanding misdemeanor warrant. No one was injured during chase, and the stolen vehicle was returned to the owner.
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