Mar 18, 2016
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Richmond police have released the image of the vehicle driven by burglary suspects after it crashed into a house in the DeAnza neighborhood on Tuesday.

“The car is possibly an unreported stolen car, but we haven’t been able to get a hold of the rightful owner,” Richmond police Lt. Felix Tan said.

The widely reported incident occurred just after 1 p.m., when police received a call about a suspicious car appearing to case a house. When police spotted the vehicle, a pursuit ensued and the car collided into a home on Sweetwood Drive. Both occupants fled on foot, leading to De Anza High being placed on temporary lock-down status. An 18-year-old Oakland resident was soon after arrested near the high school. The other occupant of the vehicle hasn’t been found.

A detective later confirmed that a residential burglary had in fact occurred, and stolen property was found in the crashed car. Also, surveillance footage from the high school is helping the police case, Tan said.

Neighborhood residents are credited with helping direct police to the street where the suspect driver had fled, Tan added.

“We are relieved nobody was hurt from this incident,” he 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.