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An Oakland man injured his feet when he fell 100 feet while fleeing police after allegedly breaking into a Piedmont hardware store early Thursday morning, according to a Piedmont police detective. Dante Shaw, 31, of Oakland, was arrested in connection to a break-in called in at 12:37 a.m. at the Ace Hardware Center store at 1221 Grand Ave., Detective George Phifer said. The store’s alarm company called police, who sent over officers who found a van parked in the parking lot of the closed store and a 24-foot ladder leaning against the building leading up to a second-story window. The window was broken and a pry bar was later found at the parking lot, Phifer said. When the officers pulled into the lot, two males took off on foot southbound across the parking lot.
A third person a few moments later also started running from police, the detective said. With the assistance of Oakland police, officers set up a perimeter and caught up with one of the suspects, later identified as Shaw, who allegedly had run through the parking lot toward the Ace Garden Center and then jumped the fence, Phifer said. Unbeknownst to Shaw there is a 100-foot drop over the fence, and he fractured both heels in the fall and was subsequently arrested. Phifer said he was scheduled to have surgery on his feet.
The other two suspects were able to evade police, however they were captured on surveillance footage from Ace Hardware, Phifer said. The detective said the two suspects appear to be males wearing hoodies pulled over their heads. Police towed the van that was left in the parking lot and determined the van was registered to Shaw’s girlfriend, according to Phifer. Nothing was taken during the burglary and the only damage to the store was the broken window. Phifer said investigators suspect the trio had targeted the second-story office.
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