UPDATED: The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man they say is responsible for a string of car thefts on the coast over the last two days as a 30-year-old South San Francisco man named Luis Ledezma-Espinoza.
In an earlier tweet, the Sheriff's Office shared a photo of the arrest of a man covered in mud. The tweet said he was caught hiding in a creek near the Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, after allegedly ditching his fourth stolen car.
Overnight, the Sheriff's Office posted an alert on social media following an interrupted burglary attempt in Woodside. In that post, the Sheriff's Office said it was investigating the burglary when a car fled deputies on Skyline Boulevard. That car eventually crashed near Santa’s Tree Farm and Village on Highway 92. The suspect then fled on foot.
At around 6 p.m. Wednesday, commuters on Highway 92 could see lights from multiple Sheriff’s Office vehicles parked at the Christmas tree farm. That search, which included dogs according to published reports, failed to turn up the suspect.
On Thursday morning the Sheriff's Office issued a text warning about the at-large suspect before he was caught.