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Unoccupied Car Found On Rocks Of Yerba Buena Island Reported Stolen Out Of Berkeley

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An unoccupied car that was reported stolen out of Berkeley was found on the rocks below a cliff at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Island on Tuesday, according to a fire department spokeswoman.

A citizen reported the car, described as a white Mini Cooper with a black roof, at about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday near the lighthouse on the southeast tip of the island, San Francisco fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.

Crews located the car on the rocks below a cliff and determined that the vehicle was unoccupied.

Talmadge said a car thief might have been responsible for abandoning the vehicle on Yerba Buena Island, which connects the eastern and western spans of the Bay Bridge and also includes a U.S. Coast Guard station.

Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer 1st Class Bill Colclough said the Coast Guard Investigative Service is investigating the incident along with the San Francisco police and sheriff’s departments.

Colclough said fortunately nobody was injured during the incident and no pollution has been detected.

He said so far no oil or fuel appears to have been spilled and that there is no sheening in the water surrounding that part of the island.

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