Suspected shoplifter leads police on brief I-80 chase, gets away

By From page A5 | June 18, 2014

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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Glen Faison joined the Daily Republic as managing editor in September 2009. He previously worked as a reporter and editor for daily and weekly newspapers in the San Joaquin Valley for 20-plus years. His experience includes time as editor of the Golden Eagle, a military paper serving the Lemoore Naval Air Station. He graduated from Fresno State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and bleeds Bulldogs red. He is an avid fan of the NFL's Washington team, and attended the 1988 NFC Championship Game against the Minnesota Vikings at RFK Stadium. He's a member of the Fairfield-Suisun Twilight Rotary Club and a board member for the Solano County Library Foundation. He married his wife, Jill, in 2005, and has three children: Courtni, Tyler and Hayli.

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  • Rich GiddensJune 16, 2014 - 7:28 pm

    LOL! The trash coming in from Sacramento and The Bay Area think Solano County is easy picken's to rob with inpunity.

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  • just sayin'June 17, 2014 - 7:29 am

    And this is funny to you WHY?

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  • Rich GiddensJune 18, 2014 - 1:09 pm

    How about because I hate politicians, porker pig cops and the news media enablers. Is that good enough for you? If something bad happens to New York or California, do you expect me to sympathize or care?

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  • 2realJune 17, 2014 - 5:53 am

    I like when they say they end a chase for public safety. More like bad driving skills

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  • AK1204June 17, 2014 - 1:43 pm

    That's what law enforcement has come to...the public will judge for discontinuing a pursuit for pubic safety reasons, but heaven forbid police or the bad guy get into a crash and hurt or kill someone. Then law enforcement is critiqued for making the bad decision to chase someone. Please continue to judge something you know nothing about...

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  • SC1June 19, 2014 - 10:20 am

    You're always damned if you do or damned if you don't/. i'm glad you see it from a different perspective than some other closed-minded individuals.

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  • tequilaJune 17, 2014 - 6:43 am

    Its not coming from sac or the bay its the trash that been living in Fairfield 707 'they know the ropes.thats how yall b fitted from boosters .didnt get caught cus they know the area

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  • Skeptic ScroogeJune 17, 2014 - 4:52 pm

    You've hit paydirt!! I am so sick of law enforcement blaming Vallejo. They really need to open their eyes. It's all right here in Fairfield. Then when you say it's time to move, they say, well, it doesn't matter where you move to, the crooks are from another area. PD: they are right under your nose. If it was a snake it would have bit you, because you are as blind as a bat. You hear what you want to hear, the crooks live here!!! Arrest them, before good citizens have to take matters into their own hands.

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  • VIDEO CAMERAS NECESSARYJune 17, 2014 - 7:27 am

    I would hope Michael Kors has video cameras in its stores to help protect its employees.

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  • GrandmasterJune 17, 2014 - 9:08 am

    You think Michael Kors is sweating it?

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  • JagJune 17, 2014 - 11:41 am

    The front door probably cost more then what they stolid.

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  • BJune 19, 2014 - 12:38 am

    High class crime..."yo..go in the store..snatch up a bunch of clothes..throw it in my Mercedes Benz"...may the next person they steal from put lead into them

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