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Intruder Gets Away After Startling Resident, Leading Police on a Chase in Hercules

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A burglary suspect who made off with cameras and camera lenses after startling a woman in her Hercules home is at large after leading police on a brief chase, police said. Police said officers responded around 10:05 a.m. Wednesday to a call from a resident in the 200 block of Violet Road. The woman told police that she was in an upstairs bedroom when she heard someone enter the house through the garage and footsteps on the staircase.

Knowing that no one was supposed to be at home at the time, the resident yelled out and apparently scared the intruder away, according to police. Police said the woman then looked out the window to see someone leaving the area on a yellow motorcycle. Officers arriving in the area spotted a motorcyclist matching that description near the intersection of Sycamore Avenue and Lupine Road and attempted to stop them.

Police said the motorcyclist yielded briefly but then led officers on a chase onto westbound Interstate Highway 80. The officers stopped the chase after the motorcyclist appeared to prepare to exit the freeway in Pinole but suddenly swerved across two lanes of traffic and sped away, according to police. Police said the burglary victim reported that two cameras and two camera lenses had been stolen.

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