San Francisco Bay Area

Search Called Off for Box Truck Thief Who Led CHP Officers on Chase

The California Highway Patrol called off a search late this afternoon for a suspect who allegedly stole a box truck from San Francisco and led CHP officers on a chase that ended in Sunnyvale. CHP officials initially said officers were searching for three suspects involved in the theft, which occurred early this afternoon on Post Street in San Francisco, but later clarified that they were only searching for one suspect, according to CHP Officer Art Montiel.

That suspect is described as a Hispanic man, about 5 feet 8 inches tall wearing blue jeans and a dark sweatshirt. According to Montiel, workers first notified the truck’s owner that his truck was stolen in San Francisco and the truck’s owner, who was in South San Francisco at the time, began driving north on U.S. Highway 101. The truck’s owner then saw the suspect driving his truck on southbound Highway 101, caught up with the man and called 911, Montiel said. CHP officers began pursuing the suspect driver on Highway 101 in Redwood City.

The suspect driver, however, got onto state Highway 237, then somehow made a U-turn and began driving in the opposite direction, before crashing the stolen truck. After the crash, the suspect fled on foot, according to Montiel. Just after 2 p.m., Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety officials said they were assisting CHP officers with the search near West Maude and North Mathilda avenues. Around 4:20 p.m., CHP officials said they were unable to apprehend the suspect and that the search had been called off.

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