A vehicle stolen from a Lincoln woman in a Jan. 18 carjacking has been found in the Bay Area.
Efforts had been made to change the appearance for the vehicle since it was stolen from an 83-year-old woman in the parking lot of a CVS store on Lincoln Boulevard, according to a Lincoln Police Department Facebook post.
When officers with a Bay Area law enforcement agency approached a suspicious parked vehicle Monday, the driver quickly drove away, leading officers on a brief pursuit, according to a Lincoln police. The vehicle was subsequently found abandoned, and police officers from another agency contacted a person walking nearby. He was identified as the person who had been in the driver’s seat when the initial contact was made.
The vehicle had “Carmax” paper plates, but a check of the vehicle identification number revealed that it was the vehicle stolen during a Jan. 18 carjacking. The victim was getting into her vehicle when a man grabbed her, throwing her to the ground and taking the keys from her hand. He then drove off with the woman’s vehicle, a 2016 Ford Escape with a paper “Future Ford” dealership plate.
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The woman suffered minor injuries and was transported to an area hospital.
The man detained Monday is from Lincoln and is on probation, the news release said. He was arrested on suspicion of possessing a stolen vehicle and several Placer County warrants. Lincoln police are continuing their investigation to determine what his link is to the initial crime and said they will release a name and photo if the person responsible for the carjacking is arrested.