Lt. Patrick Halleran of the Belmont Police Department and Sgt. Dave Norris of the San Mateo Police Department said that Thursday's capture and arrest of three burglary suspects would not have come to a safe and successful conclusion without the detailed information provided by alert community members.
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Alert residents on the Peninsula helped police track down and arrest three home burglary suspects after a three-city pursuit that ended in Belmont Thursday afternoon, a San Mateo police sergeant said.
San Mateo police responded to a report of the sound of a front door breaking in the first block of Lakewood Circle at about 10:20 a.m., Sgt. Dave Norris said.
Officers quickly arrived at the scene and, with the help of witness accounts, began a lookout for a gold, four-door car with a dark gray trim fleeing the area, Norris said.
Police located the car on U.S. Highway 101 and pursued it off the highway and onto Holly Street in San Carlos, according to Norris.
After evading police again, the car was spotted by Belmont police in the area of El Camino Real and Ralston Avenue, Norris said.
With the assistance of a San Mateo County sheriff's detective, Belmont police pursued the car through the hills of Belmont and onto Rinconada Court, Norris said.
At that time, three suspects, believed to be in their 20s and from the East Bay, exited the car, one with a handgun, and fled the area, the sergeant said.
Calls from community members helped police keep a beat on the suspects' whereabouts and a short period later, all three suspects were safely taken into custody, Norris said.
The entire pursuit ended at about 11:20 a.m., he said.
No shots were fired. One officer suffered a minor injury in a crash during the pursuit, he said.
San Mateo police are investigating the burglary, and the names of the three suspects are being withheld. Police say all three suspects are in their 20’s and reside in the East Bay.
Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to call San Mateo police at (650) 522-7700 or (650) 522-7650, anonymously at (650) 522-7676, or via text to (650) 262-3473.
Bay City News contributed to this report.