WHITE CITY — Multiple police agencies were searching Tuesday for a man suspected of stealing two cars, attempting to steal a third, and leading officers on a brief chase.
The series of events began just before 9:30 a.m. when a woman was dropping off her child at a day care, 6120 S. 2075 East. When she came back out to her car, it was gone, said Unified Police Sgt. Jared Richardson.
The vehicle was equipped with OnStar and the woman was able to tell police where her vehicle was. Officers twice spotted the vehicle, but the driver refused to pull over, Richardson said. Officers did not engage in a chase either time.
A short time later, the man attempted to take another vehicle near 10400 South and 1100 East. The man walked into an open garage and got into a vehicle that wasn't running or had any keys in it, according to Richardson. Investigators weren't sure Tuesday if the man had intentions of hot-wiring it, but before he could do that, the homeowner came out and chased the man away.
Not long after, a vehicle was stolen when the driver stopped to get out and throw away some trash near 10245 S. 1200 East, he said.
Police in the south end of the valley spotted that car but lost sight of it following a brief pursuit near 800 East and 10100 South. The car was found abandoned just before noon at the end of a long driveway, apparently picked at random, near 10200 South and 850 East, he said.
Unified, Cottonwood Heights and Sandy police officers saturated the area, some with police K-9s, looking for the man, Richardson said. The search prompted Alta View Elementary, 917 E. Larkspur Dr. (10300 South) to be locked down as a precaution.
The lockdown was lifted about 1:30 p.m. when officers were unable to find the man. Richardson said the only description detectives have of man is a Polynesian man with big hair.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 801-743-7000.