UPDATE: Images of a vehicle captured on neighborhood cameras as it left the scene of a burglary on Sweet Drive Thursday have led to the identification of the car and the arrest of a suspect, Lafayette police said Wednesday.
Witnesses confirmed the vehicle captured on the cameras was the vehicle from the crime scene and LPD investigators were able to determine the car bore the license plate 4NKK208.
Investigators entered the license number as a wanted vehicle in the California Law Enforcement Telecommunication System and Tuesday morning California Highway Patrol officers located the vehicle traveling on south-bound Interstate 680 in Pleasant Hill. The driver and sole occupant of the car was arrested without incident, according to Lafayette Police Chief Eric Christensen.
The driver of the vehicle was later identified as the subject who had burglarized the home, according to police. The car was impounded and the suspect was later transported and booked at the Martinez Detention Facility.
LPD investigators are expected to file charges with the District Attorney’s Office on Thursday. It was not immediately known if any of the jewels taken in the Sweet Drive burglary were recovered.
Readers were advised of an apparent attempted burglary on Sweet Drive in Lafayette Thursday. As it turns out, the burglar appears to have been successful – but Lafayette police were successful in obtaining a photo of the thief’s car.
As we reported, police responded to an interrupted burglary in the 3300 block of Sweet Drive at 10:39 a.m. on Thursday, the homeowner coming home to hear the sound of someone else inside the residence and abandoning the home to notify police – who arrived quickly.
The resident told officers they had seen a black male in braids and hoodie running from the home to a nearby car and police began an immediate search for the suspect and the car, described as a dark silver BMW.
Officers were unable to locate the suspect and determined upon further investigation that the thief had stolen several pieces of jewelry. Crime Scene Investigators were able to collect additional items of evidence from the residence and a photo of the car as it left Lafayette was obtained.
Police believe the suspect gained entry to the home through an unlocked exterior door. Investigators determined the suspect fled from the scene in the BMW traveling along Sweet Drive to Woodview Drive. The suspect then drove down Glenside Drive to Reliez Station. The suspect vehicle traveled through the intersection of Reliez Station and Olympic Boulevard, exiting the city at 10:43 a.m.
Investigators are asking residents to review their security camera systems for images they may have captured of the suspect in the neighborhood or along the route he used. Anyone with pertinent information is asked to contact the police Tip Line at 94549Tip@gmail.com.
Suspect Vehicle 2001 BMW 3 Series, Four Door, Sunroof and Dark Silver in color.
African-American Male, 6’0″ to 6’3″, Black braided shoulder length hair, Blue Jeans wearing a dark “hoodie” style sweatshirt. to escape. Residents are asked to check their systems between the times of 10:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Residents who have video or saw the suspect/vehicle in the neighborhood are asked to contact the dispatch center at (925) 284-5010.