Mar 29, 2016
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A Berkeley man whose car was stolen following a burglary at his home last week went searching for the thieves in Richmond — apparently figuring that’s where stolen cars end up — and turned out to be right in this case, police said.

On March 23, the victim flagged down a Richmond police officer to inform him about the burglary and described the stolen vehicle, Richmond police Lt. Felix Tan said.

“He told the officer he’s located his car in Richmond in the past when his car was stolen,” Tan said.

The victim’s instincts were correct. Shortly after, the police officer spotted the stolen car at about 8 p.m. at 23rd Street and Gaynor Avenue. Before the officer could stop the car, the driver pulled over and all four occupants fled. Police established a perimeter, and a Richmond police K-9 unit responded.

Ronin, the 6-year-old Belgium Malinois (pictured above), tracked the suspects’ scent two blocks away, leading to the apprehension of two suspects. While other officers chased and apprehended the third suspect, the fourth got away, Tan said.

“We are fortunate to have dedicated officers who are actively trying to prevent and solve crime and improve the quality of life for our residents,” Tan said.


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.