When Sacramento thieves stole his briefcase from a state-owned car, Assemblyman Curt Hagman took matters into his own hands Monday night tracking suspects to a gasoline station off Interstate 80.
"We start walking toward the car, then they gun the engine and try to run us over," said Hagman, who owns Apex Bail Bonds.
The Chino Hills Republican and California Highway Patrol Lt. Rick Campbell gave the following account: Hagman had left his Assembly pool car with a valet at Ella's restaurant downtown while he attended a strategy session of the Assembly Republican Caucus.
When Hagman tried to retrieve the car about 10 p.m., an attendant found its back window broken. Hagman's briefcase was missing, containing his iPad, camera, checkbook and various keys.
The iPad has a feature that signals its location, so he was able to track it to a vehicle at a gasoline station along Interstate 80. Hagman copied down the suspicious vehicle's license plate number and gave it to the CHP, which tracked the two men and took them into custody hours later.
Hagman said his briefcase remains missing.
"(The suspects) are basically saying they tossed my briefcase after they took the stuff they wanted," he said.
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