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July 26, 2011 > Suspects arrested in stolen vehicle

Suspects arrested in stolen vehicle

Submitted By Officer Gene Smith, Milpitas PD

On July 19 at approximately 9:45 p.m., the victim called Milpitas Police Department to report his car had been stolen from the parking lot of the Great Mall of the Bay Area. Officers searched the area and were initially unable to locate the victim's vehicle. On July 20, at approximately 12:07 a.m., Officer Matt Miller spotted the stolen vehicle traveling on the 1000 block of South Abel Street and attempted to stop it, but the driver drove away in an apparent attempt to evade capture.

Three of the four occupants, including the driver, eventually abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. As they fled, the stolen vehicle was not put into "park" and subsequently struck a parked vehicle. Several officers, including a member of the K-9 unit, conducted a systematic search for the suspects in a nearby apartment complex.

During the search, officers saw the three suspects run from the complex and a short foot pursuit ensued. All three juvenile suspects were taken into custody and were either cited or booked into Juvenile Hall for various charges, including possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of stolen property, hit and run, resisting arrest, and curfew.

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