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Sacramento burglary suspects in custody following pursuit

Sacramento police say four people are in custody after a report of a suspicious activity in a North Natomas neighborhood led to discovery of an apparent burglary, a vehicle pursuit and a collision.

Members of the a Neighborhood Watch group were credited with tipping police off to suspicious activity in their neighborhood. Keith Sharward, a board member of the Witter Ranch Community Alliance, said a Neighborhood Watch member noticed two teenage girls standing outside a vehicle near her house and noted that they were behaving like lookouts. The woman called a Neighborhood Watch zone captain, who drove to the area a few minutes later and kept an eye on the activity.

A second vehicle arrived and when the two vehicles left the area, the zone captain followed at a safe distance. At Airport and San Juan roads, the zone captain watched as the occupants transferred property from one vehicle to the other. The zone captain contacted police and reported that the suspects abandoned the second vehicle on Airport Road and left the area in the original vehicle.

Officers ran the license plate of the abandoned vehicle and found it was registered to someone in the 3700 block of Far Niente Way, said Traci Trapani, Police Department spokeswoman. When officers went to the address, they found the garage door open and no vehicle inside. Upon further investigation, they determined that the residence had been burglarized.

Officers later spotted the suspect vehicle in the area and attempted a traffic stop. Trapani said the vehicle failed to yield and a pursuit ensued.

During the pursuit, she said, two rifles were thrown out the window of the vehicle and the suspect vehicle clipped another vehicle, causing it to crash. The suspect vehicle then crashed into a tree near El Camino Avenue and Tamarack Way, east of Bell Street in the Arden Arcade area.

Trapani said the driver of the vehicle fled, but three female passengers were taken into custody at the crash scene about 11:47 a.m.

The search for the driver continued and he was taken into custody by a K9 unit about 3 p.m. in the 2600 block of Danube Drive, a few blocks north of Tamarack Way.

Trapani said Thursday evening that the names of the three people taken into custody were not being released because of the ongoing burglary investigation.

No one in the vehicle struck in the pursuit appeared to be injured, Trapani said.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.