POWAY–Police arrested one of three men who burglarized a retail store in Poway, and led authorities on a traffic pursuit with a stolen vehicle on Interstate 15, Sheriff’s deputies said Saturday.
Police officers say 48-year old Tracy Kendall was taken into custody after the traffic pursuit. The other two men escaped in a second vehicle after fleeing from the stolen vehicle.
At 2:30 a.m., Sheriff’s deputies responded to a silent alarm activation at the Kohl’s store located at 12880 Gregg Court in Poway. Upon arrival, a deputy saw three adult males running into the bushes outside of the Kohl’s store. The men then got into an older model Suburban and attempted to flee from the deputy. A license plate check of the Suburban revealed the vehicle had been stolen. A pursuit was initiated with speeds varying between 30 to 90 miles per hour and was initially centered on the streets located in the adjacent business park. At one point, the Suburban slowed near Kirkham Road as two of the men jumped out. While deputies continued pursuing the Suburban, the two men fleeing on foot were able to access and drive off in a pre-staged silver-colored Nissan Murano, successfully evading pursuers. Deputies Smith and Estacio continued pursuing the Suburban through multiple jurisdictions, which went northbound on Interstate 15 through the cities of San Diego and Escondido where speeds reached up to 100 miles per hour. The pursuit then turned back southbound on Interstate 15 and terminated at the on-ramp of southbound Interstate 15 and Via Rancho Parkway where the driver fled on foot.
Patrol units and K-9 teams from the San Diego Police Department, Escondido Police Department, and the San Diego Sheriff’s Department assisted in containment and ultimate apprehension of Kendall who was taken into custody after a canine located him hiding in bushes near the freeway. Kendall was treated at Pomerado Hospital for dog bites prior to transport to San Diego Central Jail for booking. Stolen property from the business was found inside the recovered Suburban.
Anyone with information on the burglary can call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 with information and you will remain anonymous. You may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to a felony arrest.