Police searching for suspect driving stolen car in Lompoc

Residents report suspect running through backyards

LOMPOC, Calif. - A police search for a suspect driving a stolen car in the area of the 400 block of North N Street in Lompoc has many residents on high alert.

Authorities quickly set up a perimeter in the area looking for the suspect. The suspect is described as a white male in his mid 20's with long dark hair. Medium build, around 150-160 pounds wearing a dark shirt.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office says they received several calls from residents reporting seeing the suspect run through their backyards.

According to Sgt. Mark Williams with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office, they got a call at 6:00 a.m. Tuesday morning reporting a stolen vehicle from a garage in Vandenberg Village.

The vehicle stolen was a gray 2017 Nissan Sentra.

A deputy was driving around Lompoc looking for the stolen vehicle and noticed a car matching the description of the stolen vehicle.

Once behind the suspected car, the driver took off at a high rate of speed and a short chase ensued. 

The driver "burned through" the alleyway of N and O Street at a high rate of speed and crashed into a fence. Deputies assume the suspect took off running. 

Authorities don't believe there is a threat to the community as the search and the investigation continues, but residents are advised to remain vigilant.

If you have any information that would assist investigators, please call 911 or to leave an anonymous tip, please call 805-681-4171.

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