An unidentified man described as being about six-feet-tall, possibly Hispanic and wearing dark clothing drove a stolen vehicle through a shopping center parking lot at the 3900 block of Irvine Boulevard at around 9:45 p.m. Sunday, according to the O.C. Register.
He evaded capture by getting out of the car and running through a grocery store, according to the Irvine Police Department.
A police officer who was performing a patrol check in the shopping center’s parking lot noticed a car that was being driven suspiciously – the driver appeared to be trying to keep away from the police car.
When the police officer pulled up behind the suspect’s vehicle, the driver jumped out and ran into the Albertson’s.
Irvine police officers evacuated the Albertson’s and closed off the parking lot but the suspect disappeared. The police believe he may have escaped out the back of the store.
If you have a tip you may call the Irvine Police Department at 949-724-7200. Anonymous tips can also be called in to the Orange County Crime Stoppers hotline at 855-847-6227.