Police: Car stolen in armed robbery recovered after chase, but driver remains at large | TheUnion.com

Police: Car stolen in armed robbery recovered after chase, but driver remains at large

The mystery of an armed robbery and vehicle theft from a Nevada City motel early Thursday deepened Saturday night when a man driving the stolen vehicle successfully eluded a pursuit that included a CHP helicopter and a K-9 team brought in from Yuba County.

A Nevada County Sheriff’s deputy on patrol spotted the vehicle, which had been spray-painted white, on Old Auburn Road just before 10 p.m., said Sgt. Bob Jakobs. He ran the plates and determined they had been stolen, and followed the car onto Hidden Valley Road and then Twin Star Lane, Jakobs said.

The deputy activated his lights and attempted a traffic stop, but the driver of the car reportedly failed to yield and took off, initiating a short pursuit that ended about a mile later when he lost control on a gravel road and hit a tree.

The suspect fled into the bushes and could not be located despite assistance from the helicopter and the K-9 unit.

“We are working on a number of leads to identify the driver,” Jakobs said.

The vehicle’s plates had been stolen from Yuba City, but the vehicle itself proved to be the red Dodge Avenger that had been reported stolen two days earlier.

Nevada City Police officers had responded to the motel on Railroad Avenue after two men called 911 to report they had been robbed at just before 2:30 a.m. Thursday.

The victims told officers a man who identified himself as “Mike” knocked on their motel room door, and when they opened it, two men dressed in black, wearing black masks, forced their way inside. One reportedly had a Taser and one had a 12-gauge shotgun.

The two robbers reportedly ransacked the room, stealing a cell phone, a computer notebook, and the keys to the rental car.

The victims claimed they had no knowledge of the suspects; one of the victims subsequently was arrested on an outstanding warrant out of Solano County, as well as on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance.

Nevada City Police officers responded to the scene of the car crash Saturday night and confirmed it was the same vehicle.

The car has been towed and will be processed for evidence today, said Nevada City Police Officer Scott Goin.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call 530-477-4229.

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