CONCORD (CBS SF) – Two people were arrested Saturday afternoon after allegedly leaving a store with stolen merchandise, and then leading police on a chase through North Concord in a stolen van, Concord police said on social media.

The initial police call late Saturday afternoon was of a shoplift from an unnamed downtown Concord auto parts business. A store employee wrote down the getaway van’s license plate number, which Concord police dispatchers found was stolen, police said.

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Police spotted the van on Concord Avenue near state Highway 242, and a pursuit led police officers first onto Highway 242 and then onto North Concord streets, including East Olivera Road past the Pixie Playland park.

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With the help of a Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office helicopter, Concord police pulled back from the pursuit and were guided to the suspects, who tried to abandon the white van on a residential Concord street. Two men were arrested and taken to the Martinez Detention Facility jail.

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