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Police search for car theft suspect in canyon near USD

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Posted at 7:12 PM, Jun 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-24 22:12:19-04

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Police searched for a suspected car thief who fled into a Linda Vista canyon on Sunday afternoon.

Officers used a Lo-Jack device to locate a car reported stolen just after 3 p.m., according to Officer John Buttle of the San Diego Police Department.

Buttle said the car was first spotted in the Clairemont Mesa area near the intersection of Genessee Avenue and Mt. Alifan Drive.

Police tried to stop the vehicle and the driver fled, leading officers east on Balboa Avenue into the Kearny Mesa area before turning south on Convoy Street and continuing onto Linda Vista Road.

The suspect eventually turned into a residential area off Linda Vista Road and abandoned the stolen car near the corner of Tait and Kelly streets before running into a nearby canyon, according to Buttle.

The area is less than a mile from the University of San Diego campus.

Officers used police dogs and a helicopter to search for the suspect.

Buttle said the suspect has light skin and light, short hair, was about 5 feet 10 inches tall, 160 pounds and wore a multi-colored shirt.