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Police find stolen property in fleeing car

By asoglin
Wednesday, November 21st, 2007 at 11:35 am in Crime, Lafayette, Lamorinda.

Lafayette police arrested a man Nov. 17 after he led officers on a short pursuit, and they found stolen property in the vehicle, authorities said.

Police got a call about 12:30 p.m. from a resident in the 3300 block of Woodview Drive who reported seeing someone looking into a vehicle, according to sheriff’s Lt. Charles Skuce and Lafayette police Chief Mike Hubbard.

The resident gave responding officers a direction of travel and vehicle description, Skuce said. Officers soon tracked down the vehicle, but the driver did not respond to their attempts to stop it.

The driver led officers on a short pursuit before crashing into two other vehicles at Olympic and Tice Valley boulevards, Skuce said.

Officers arrested Fernando Veliz, 32, of San Pablo, on suspicion of burglary, possession of stolen property and felony evading. He was being held in lieu of $120,000 bail at the West County Detention Facility.

Property in the vehicle had been taken in four residential burglaries and from vehicles, Hubbard said. Officers found a lawnmower on the front seat, an electric guitar and miscellaneous tools, including a leaf blower. The items were returned to owners.

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