The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff on Thursday detained a man suspected of a series of burglaries in Central Contra Costa County over the last few months, totaling over $300,000.
With the help of the Tehama County Sheriff Department and the California Highway Patrol, the suspect has been identified as 26-year-old Gilberto Ramirez of Merced. He is currently being held in Merced County jail on charges of burglary, felony evasion and weapons violations, according to a Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department press release.
As part of an ongoing investigation, detectives determined a suspect for the string of robberies and obtained a warrant for his arrest, alongside search warrants for his residence and vehicles associated with the burglaries.
Investigators requested that the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office conduct a traffic stop on Ramirez’s vehicle on Thursday, after spotting him driving on I-5 near Corning. The man did not yield to the traffic stop, leading officers on a pursuit.
CHP assisted in the pursuit, which ended in a vehicle crash. Ramirez fled on foot following the crash. A juvenile was also in the vehicle and was taken into custody but was not publicly identified.
Other law enforcement agencies in the Bay Area are investigating if the same suspect is linked to burglaries in their jurisdictions.
The investigation is currently ongoing. Police ask anyone with any information on this case to contact the Investigation Division at (925) 313-2600. For any tips, email: email@example.com or call (866) 846-3592 to leave an anonymous voice message.