Officers began searching for Derrick Fields after a woman reported on June 13 that her car was broken into while parked on Coronado Lane, according to police.
Police allege Fields smashed the driver's side window and stole the woman's purse.
The woman reportedly saw the thief with her purse and yelled at him, but she lost sight of him as he ran towards West Las Positas Boulevard.
The next day (June 14), officers were dispatched to an alarm call at Provident Bank on Gibraltar Drive.
Officers saw a man carrying a purse near the bank and attempted to contact him, but he ran from officers, police said.
The man allegedly attempted to discard the purse while running. Fields was ultimately caught at the Four Points Sheraton courtyard, police said.
After the investigation, officers also found items taken from an auto burglary in Fremont on Feb. 19. Fields was booked at Santa Rita Jail.
In other police reports:
* A 24-year-old Hayward man was arrested on suspicion of giving false identification to an officer and driving on a suspended license, police said.
On June 9, an officer made a traffic stop at Mimi's Cafe for an expired registration.
After contacting John Anthony Dumlao, the officer discovered the man's license was suspended for driving under the influence, according to police. In addition, Dumlao allegedly presented the officer with a fake ID.
* A residential burglary on Bernal Avenue East resulted in more than $4,000 worth of jewelry and clothes reportedly stolen.
The items included a gold necklace, a pair of gold hoop earrings, a faux fur and leather coat, and a Coach purse, according to police.
On June 11, the resident reported the missing items to police.
According to police reports, the victim left a bedroom window slightly open, and the culprit was able to gain entry by using a pry tool on the window.
No arrests have been made.
* A routine patrol check on June 13 led to the arrest of Christina Kaui Hayes, 45, on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance, police said.
An officer saw a suspicious vehicle in the Foothill High School parking lot and contacted the woman.
According to the police reports, the officer could tell Hayes was under the influence.
The officer allegedly found methamphetamine in Hayes' possession, and she was arrested.
* A 32-year-old Union City woman was arrested on suspicion of possessing an opium pipe on June 14, according to police.
During a patrol check at the Home Depot parking lot on Johnson Drive, an officer saw Kim Krystal Otoole walking and discovered she was on probation and had a search clause, police said.
After searching Otoole, the officer allegedly found an opium pipe and she was arrested.
Under the law, those arrested are considered innocent until convicted.