Two residential burglary suspects were arrested after a brief high-speed chase in San Leandro on Friday, police said. Shortly before noon, police received a report of a residential burglary in the 1300 block of Ottawa Avenue, where the victim said he saw two suspects leaving his home carrying a safe, then getting into a red four-door Chevrolet and driving away, San Leandro police said. As officers were arriving, they saw the Chevrolet speeding away on Monterey Boulevard.
Police followed the car and tried to pull it over, but the driver fled and a pursuit began. The driver continued south on Monterey Boulevard at 50 to 55 mph, running stop signs, police said. Officers found the car abandoned in the 1400 block of Harold Avenue and set up a perimeter. Police located and arrested one of the suspects, Richard Robinson, 31, of Concord, as he tried to walk out of the perimeter on Harold Avenue.
The second suspect, identified as Brian Downing, 30, of Richmond, was arrested by a San Leandro detective off of Central Avenue as he was getting into a vehicle driven by a woman. The woman was not arrested, police said. Police searched the Chevrolet and found some of the items stolen in the burglary. Other stolen items were found discarded in the area of Ottawa Avenue, police said. The recovered items were returned to the victim.
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