LAFAYETTE (CBS SF) — Two auto burglary suspects were arrested after a chase from Pleasant Hill to Lafayette Thursday morning and a search of the neighborhood surrounding two schools, Lafayette’s chief of police said.
One of the suspects was found hiding in the boy’s locker room at Acalanes High School at 1200 Pleasant Hill Road. The other was found hiding in a nearby backyard, Lafayette police Chief Eric Christensen said.
The pursuit started at about 10:30 a.m. as Danville police were investigating a series of auto burglaries in their area. The investigation led them to a store in Pleasant Hill, but the suspects weren’t there so they left, Christiansen said.
But shortly after that, the store called police and said the suspects had come back. Pleasant Hill police went to the store to assist. As they were on their way, they saw the two suspects driving away in a stolen car.
The Pleasant Hill officers tried to pull over the suspects but they fled, with the Pleasant Hill officers in pursuit. The chase went onto Interstate Highway 680, then state Highway 24 and finally into Lafayette city streets.
he suspects stopped next to Acalanes High School and both ran from the car. One ran onto the high school grounds and the other ran into the neighborhood, Christiansen said.
Both Acalanes and nearby Springhill Elementary School were placed on lockdown. Police searched the neighborhood bordered by state Highway 24, Pleasant Hill Road, Camino Diablo and the high school campus, according to police. Police dogs from the Concord and Pittsburg police departments were called in to assist, Christiansen said.
Eventually, one suspect was located in the boy’s locker room at the school. The other was found hiding in a backyard.
Pleasant Hill police placed both suspects under arrest. Christiansen could not immediately provide their names and referred further questions to Pleasant Hill police.
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