Officers from several local law enforcement agencies converged on Mt. Diablo State Park after park officials interrupted a suspected bicycle thief practicing his trade at the Summit Visitor Center Saturday.
A park officer pursued the suspect’s Chevy S10 down the mountain and onto Castle Rock Road, where officers from Walnut Creek and Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Deputies took up the pursuit south on Castle Rock Road, the suspect – described thinly as a white male in his 50s wearing a hoodie – crashing through trail gates and past startled trail walkers, until he crashed near the Pine Canyon nature walk and apparently abandoned his truck.
Several law enforcement vehicles, ill-equipped for an off-road pursuit, pulled up the area and officers surrounded the truck, calling for the suspect to come out. Before long, however, they realized that their suspect had abandoned the truck and taken off down one of the many trails in the area on his purloined bicycle.
Hiker Kurt Smith, in the area for a morning walk with friends, reported: “We were hiking and had to stop till they got the K9 to clear the car. The guy was long gone but he dropped his wallet so they will find him soon. How he got all the way back there is amazing…”