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Suspect runs for the hills after CHP breaks up burglary at Santa Margarita park-and-ride

The CHP is searching for a suspect involved in a Friday morning burglary at the Santa Margarita park-and-ride lot near Highways 101 and 58.

An officer driving through the lot about 9:30 a.m. noticed broken glass on the ground near a parked Saturn and saw a man with his head through one of the windows, according to Officer Jordan Richards, a CHP spokesman.

When the man saw the officer, he fled in a white Volvo, driving south on the northbound shoulder of Highway 101, Richards said. Officers used a traffic break to slow cars on the freeway but eventually found the suspect’s car off the eastern side of the road near the Cuesta Grade, he said.

Caltrans employees working near the median saw the suspect stop the car on the side of the road and run across the north- and southbound lanes into the western hills, Richards said.

Officers conducted a search of the area with K-9 units but weren’t able to locate the suspect, Richards said. Heavy fog also prevented officers from using helicopters during the search.

The suspect is described as a white man in his 20s wearing khaki shorts. Anyone with information about the incident can call the CHP at 805-593-3333.

Lindsey Holden: 805-781-7939, @lindseyholden27

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