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Chase aborted in American Canyon following supermarket theft

Chase aborted in American Canyon following supermarket theft

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An American Canyon police officer was patrolling through the Safeway parking lot at 10 p.m. Thursday when it was reported that a theft had just occurred in the store and the suspect was driving away.

A chase ensued, with the officer following the suspect's Mercedes onto Highway 37, then into a Vallejo neighborhood east of Automall Parkway, police said.

During the pursuit, police learned that the loss from Safeway was a bottle of alcohol. The chase was ended and the officer returned to Safeway to review surveillance video, police said.

The suspect in the video appeared to be the registered owner of the Mercedes, police said.

The investigation is ongoing. Police said they will request felony pursuit charges against the driver in addition to a misdemeanor theft citation.

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