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Published on April 03, 2024
Armed Suspects Apprehended Following High-Speed Chase and Attempted Catalytic Converter Theft in San BrunoSource: San Bruno Police Department

In the dim hours before San Bruno was spiked to its day-glow peak, chaos unfolded on Florida Avenue when two individuals attempted a brazen theft of a catalytic converter, melding grand theft with the blunt threat of a firearm, the San Bruno Police Department reported.

The incident, which carved a scar across the early April 1 morning, began with a 911 call at 5:38 a.m. as a local resident confronted the would-be thieves, only to be met with a firearm's business end and a stern directive to retreat indoors, a statement sourced to the press release by Sergeant Scott Smithmatungol detailed.

A high-speed chase ensued after an officer spotted and attempted to stop the getaway SUV, with the suspects spewing chaos as they flung objects and tools at the pursuing police and bulldozed traffic norms, driving against the current of the highway, according to San Bruno Police Department's press release.

The pursuit reached its coda on South Amphlett Blvd, with the fugitive duo apprehended after a foot chase. One discarded a loaded, unregistered firearm during the thrill of the hunt. Law enforcement investigations later discovered the vehicle was not theirs to commandeer, having been stolen, and inside it lay evidence of catalytic converter larceny. The two, a 44-year-old male from Oakland and a 44-year-old female from Pittsburg, were ultimately booked on a roster of charges.

The department stays on the frontline, appealing for any information that might weave into this crime's tapestry. Anonymous tips are welcomed, and can be directed to the San Bruno Police Department at (650) 616-7100 or through email at [email protected].