San Mateo County Sheriff's Office deputies have arrested a man suspected in a residential burglary in Woodside on Wednesday, Nov. 28, according to a social media post from the Sheriff's Office Thursday afternoon.
The man, who was not identified in the post, is also suspected in multiple vehicle thefts and hit-and-run incidents in the county since Wednesday, the Sheriff's Office said.
The Sheriff's Office wrote that the suspect was arrested "after ditching the 4th stolen car & attempting to hide in the creek by the Ritz Carlton (in Half Moon Bay)."
The man is suspected of having stolen keys from a home on Old La Honda Road, Detective Rosemerry Blankswade said. A resident of the home interrupted the burglary at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and the suspect fled in a car that deputies say was stolen. The vehicle had been stolen from "another jurisdiction," Blankswade said.
The California Highway Patrol got involved after an officer took a report of a hit-and-run on Skyline Boulevard and later observed a vehicle at the Skeggs Point parking lot that matched the description of the vehicle suspected of being involved in the incident, according to CHP Officer Art Montiel.
The CHP officer on the scene determined that the driver was acting suspiciously, and as the officer was leaving her vehicle, the suspect drove off. The officer followed but could not maintain contact due to the weather, Montiel said. The hit-and-run did not involve injuries, and as it was foggy and rainy, "there was just no point" to continuing, he said.
The officer alerted the dispatcher and next heard of the vehicle at about 8 p.m. after it had crashed near a Christmas tree farm on Highway 92 in Half Moon Bay, Montiel said.
Deputies from the Sheriff's Office searched the area near the tree farm with K-9 dogs for about four hours Wednesday night, and resumed the search Thursday morning before finding the man in the afternoon.
The suspect is believed to have stolen four cars in San Mateo County Wednesday night in addition to the stolen vehicle he was driving initially, Blankswade said. None of the vehicles was entered by force and all were accessible in that the keys were either in the unlocked vehicles or nearby, Blankswade said.
"Never leave keys in vehicles, even if they're in your locked garage," Blankswade said.
The suspect was also involved in an unknown number of hit-and-runs before his arrest, Blankswade said. No one was injured in the incidents.
Julia Brown contributed to this report.