NEWARK -- A 20-year-old Oakland man was in custody after his arrest last week on suspicion of burglary, auto theft and possession of burglary tools, police said.
Shortly after 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, Newark police said California Highway Patrol officers had stopped pursuit of a vehicle reported as stolen along westbound Mowry Avenue.
A Newark police officer found the vehicle abandoned on Mowry's dead end. A CHP K-9 unit tracked the suspect into nearby wetlands blocked off by cyclone fencing and barbed wire. CHP officers handled the vehicle's recovery, police said.
At 6:22 a.m. Tuesday, a Newark community service officer responded to a report of a Honda stolen overnight on Joaquin Murieta Avenue. While the community service officer took the report, a Newark police officer found the Honda parked in a nearby motel parking lot, its engine running and the 20-year-old man asleep in its driver's seat, police said.
The man, who was not identified by police, admitted to officers that he had driven the car in the CHP pursuit. He was arrested on suspicion of auto theft and possession of burglary tools, as well as burglary in connection with a Pacific Gas and Electric vehicle. He was booked into Fremont City Jail, police said.
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