A resident in the Ruby Hill gated community in Pleasanton chased down a man who was stealing his car and the two briefly fought before the thief escaped the area early Saturday morning, according to police.
The yet-unidentified man was also in possession of stolen mail and is suspected of committing another similar car theft, according to Pleasanton police Sgt. Chris Niederhaus.
Police released surveillance video depicting the culprit as part of the investigation to identify and locate the man.
The incident in Ruby Hill unfolded around 5:45 a.m. Saturday when a man living on Via Di Salerno was roused by the sound of his vehicle being started in front of his house, according to Niederhaus.
The resident went outside and saw his vehicle being backed out of the driveway, so he got in another car to pursue the stolen car northbound on East Ruby Hill Drive. As both vehicles approached the main Ruby Hill gate off Vineyard Avenue, the stolen vehicle went off the road and struck a pole before coming to rest, according to Niederhaus.
“The victim and suspect engaged in a brief, physical altercation and the suspect ultimately fled,” the sergeant said.
Pleasanton police officers responded to the scene, and with help from a Livermore police K-9 unit and an Alameda County Sheriff’s Office drone team, conducted an extensive search of the area, according to Niederhaus.
The car thief was not located after an hour-long search.
Back at the scene of the crash, police found several pieces of evidence, including mail stolen from five Ruby Hill residents, according to Niederhaus. Investigators also learned of another vehicle burglary that night before, and they suspect the same man was the culprit.
Police described their suspect as a white man, 20-30 years old, weighing about 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing a dark-colored hoodie.
Niederhaus said investigators are actively following up on several leads. Anyone with information about the case can call Pleasanton PD at 931-5100.
Surveillance video related to the case can be found on the Pleasanton Police Department’s Facebook page.