SAN MATEO (CBS SF) — Officers arrested one suspect in a stolen vehicle case Wednesday morning following a pursuit that ended in a crash and were searching for at least two more suspects, San Mateo police said.
Officers responded shortly after 4 a.m. to a report of a stolen white 2019 Toyota Tacoma pickup in the 100 block of 19th Avenue. Officers searching the area saw a black Toyota Camry speed off northbound onto Leslie Street from Gum Street.READ MORE: Man Shot, Suspect at Large In South Park Neighborhood of San Francisco SoMa
“Knowing there is typically a getaway car and crew used for certain crimes, officers pursued the Camry,” which ignored attempts to stop it, police said.
The Camry driver lost control turning onto 17th Avenue from Leslie Street and the car landed vertically on the utility pole guidewire, as the driver and passenger fled on foot.
A search turned up the passenger at El Camino Real and 16th Avenue. Ignacio Antonio Montoya, described as a 26-year-old San Francisco transient, had drug paraphernalia and keys for numerous makes of vehicles in his possession, police said.READ MORE: Marin County Reports Zero COVID-19 Patients In Hospital For First Time In 13 Months
He was later booked for vehicle theft, conspiracy to commit crime, resisting a public officer, possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia, and possession of burglary tools.
Police were unable to locate the driver of the Camry, which had been reported stolen in San Francisco. The stolen Toyota truck and driver also have not been found.
An investigation showed that the owner of the Toyota owned a Chevrolet Blazer that was stolen last July, and that a set of keys to the Toyota pickup had been inside. The night after the Blazer was stolen three subjects tried to steal the Tacoma but were scared off by the owner.
The Blazer was later recovered, and police are now searching for the Toyota and those involved in its theft.MORE NEWS: COVID Reopening: San Francisco to Align With State Guidelines on June 15
Anyone with information on the identity of the suspects is asked to contact San Mateo police at firstname.lastname@example.org or (650) 522-7700, and reference case number 21-0106-002.