A manhunt is underway near Mission Trails after a group that allegedly stole up to $50,000 worth of merchandise and cash from a Clairemont tobacco shop led authorities on a multi-freeway pursuit early Friday.
The San Diego Police Department said it is searching for three people on the run in the regional park. Their manhunt began after officers were notified at 4:17 a.m. of a burglary at the Nyala Tobacco Emporium, which is located in a plaza surrounded by other businesses.
A security company and an employee of a nearby Vons notified authorities of the break-in and authorities responded soon after.
Officers tried to stop the suspect vehicle in the parking lot outside the store but it took off and instigated a high-speed pursuit, SDPD said. The chase went through several San Diego neighborhoods as it traveled on Interstate 8, State Route 67 and State Route 52.
At some point, four people jumped out of the pursuit vehicle and ran, police said. One person was apprehended after a K-9 grabbed him. That individual was taken into custody but the three others remain outstanding.
Drones and K-9 units are being used in the manhunt while SDPD, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and the El Cajon Police Department search for the vehicle’s other occupants.