A 16-year-old girl who ran away from her Apple Valley home was arrested early Tuesday morning in connection with eight Paso Robles car burglaries, police said.
A male suspect eluded police and is currently being sought, officers said.
At approximately 12:36 a.m. Tuesday, Paso Robles Police Officer Matthew Worley was patrolling the 1600 block of Summer Creek Lane when he noticed a male and a female looking into cars, police said. Both suspects ran from the officer and attempted to hide next to a nearby residence. When Worley found the pair, he was able to detain the girl but the second suspect, described as white male adult wearing dark clothing, escaped into the nearby Salinas riverbed, according to police.
Additional officers were dispatched to look for the suspect using a police dog, but he was not found.
Items taken from the eight neighborhood automobiles were found after the arrests, police said.
Police are not releasing the name of the Apple Valley girl because she is a minor. Apple Valley is southeast of Victorville in southern California.
Police are still trying to identify the male.
Those with information can contact police at 237-6464. Those wishing to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at 549-STOP or text message tip information to SLOTIPS (274637).
Police urge residents to remember to lock their vehicles and not to leave valuables in sight. Criminals will sometimes break car windows or cut convertible tops to get to property they see inside a vehicle, police said. -Tonya Strickland