PACIFIC COUNTY Just after midnight Sunday night, June 13, deputies responded to a report of a possible burglary in progress, in the area of 170th Place. Deputies discovered a door open and as they approached they heard sounds like car doors closing, towards the dunes area. Deputies observed brake lights come on in the tall dune grass. A deputy approached on foot, another by vehicle. When they neared the area the deputy in the vehicle lit the area up with lights and observed two vehicles. A Dodge Durango and a light blue Ford pickup. Both vehicles took off at high rates of speed, over the dunes and onto the beach. A pursuit was initiated and reached high rates of speed on the beach. As the deputy began to overtake the Durango the driver turned it up into the dunes area, the deputy pursued this vehicle. The driver abandoned the vehicle in the dunes and fled on foot. The deputy was unable to pursue. The vehicle appeared to have overheated and was now inoperative.
Deputies were able to call the owner of the vehicle, this vehicle was later reported as having been stolen. Deputies returned to the scene of the reported burglary and determined the garage had been entered. The owner was contacted by phone. The owner indicated there should be a light blue pick-up in the garage, it was now missing and presumed to be the second vehicle that fled.
Later that morning the stolen pickup was recovered in the area of Loomis Lake State Park. This case is an ongoing investigation and citizens are encouraged to report any tips they may have to the Sheriffs Office.