Suspected baby formula thieves arrested after high-speed chase

Both suspects arrested after being located by police K9

Pleasanton police arrested a man and woman early Wednesday morning on suspicion of theft-related charges after the man allegedly stole baby formula from the Safeway on Bernal Avenue.

Police reports said officers were patrolling the parking lot around 2:40 a.m. when a man, later identified as Demarko Luke, ran out of the store carrying two baskets of baby formula.

Luke, an Oakland resident, then got into an orange Chevrolet Cavalier driven by a woman, later identified as San Leandro resident Dejan Martin, according to police.

As Safeway employees were calling to report the theft to authorities, Martin led officers on a pursuit northbound on I-680, according to police.

She exited onto eastbound Stoneridge Drive, lost control, and almost collided with a pole at Stoneridge Drive and Johnson Court, according to police.

After stopping their car, Luke and Martin allegedly ran from the vehicle toward Val Vista Park.

Responding officers set a perimeter and a police K-9 officer located both people hiding within the perimeter, police said.

Luke and Martin were booked at Santa Rita Jail on multiple felony counts.

Police reports said officers recovered a trunk full of baby formula probably stolen from other locations.

This case is likely related to a previous theft of baby formula at the same Safeway on March 1, with a similar suspect and vehicle descriptions, police said.


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