VACAVILLE — Police were asking the public for help Monday in identifying two people suspected in a shoplifting incident Sunday night that minutes later led to a brief high-speed chase on a crowded Interstate 80.
Officers were dispatched shortly after 6:35 p.m. to the Michael Kors Outlet store at 348 Nut Tree Road to investigate a report of a theft in progress.
The store clerk described the suspect as a dark-skinned Hispanic or Indian man in his late 20s, who the clerk said grabbed some clothing from the store and fled without paying. The man was wearing a Navy blue shirt with yellow sleeves, shorts and a baseball hat.
The thief broke the front glass door with his shoulder as he fled, and then got into the back seat of a white, four-door Mercedes-Benz with tinted windows and paper plates, according to police. The vehicle was seen traveling through the shopping center’s parking lot.
An officer saw a similar vehicle about 10 minutes later on westbound I-80, passing Mason Street. The driver matched the earlier description of the suspect, and had short black hair. A Hispanic or Indian woman, also in her 20s and with long black hair, was in the front passenger seat.
The officer got behind the vehicle and with lights and siren on and tried to pull the vehicle over. The driver slowed and moved the vehicle toward the right shoulder of the freeway, then accelerated and sped away along the shoulder of the roadway, prompting a chase, police said. The officer soon ended the pursuit, citing public safety. The vehicle was last seen on westbound I-80 passing Pena Adobe Road.
Anyone with information about the vehicle or its occupants is asked to call Officer Matt Adame at 449-5200.
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