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Running car stolen from driveway

Thief gives chase, evades arrest

APPLE VALLEY • A car thief is still at large after he stole a running car and evaded deputies in a car chase.

An unknown man drove away early Thursday morning in a running vehicle that was left unattended with the keys in the ignition on a driveway on Rancherias Road in Apple Valley, according to a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s news release.

While en route to respond to the location, an Apple Valley deputy saw a car that matched the stolen vehicle’s description. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver refused. A chase ensued, reaching speeds of more than 70 mph.

The car thief drove erratically and ran stop signs, sheriff’s officials said, attempting to cut across Cramer Park. The stolen vehicle got stuck on a boulder and the thief ran away on foot, according to the release.

The pursuing officer also crashed a patrol car behind the thief, though the damage was minimal.

Deputies set up a perimeter of the area and conducted a thorough search but could not find the suspect.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Apple Valley sheriff’s station at (760) 240-7400 or stay anonymous by calling WeTip at (800) 78-CRIME.

The Sheriff’s Department reminds drivers that it is not advisable to leave a running car unattended.

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