A man suspected of breaking into a Beaumont woman's home while she was inside and then leading Beaumont police on a chase in a stolen vehicle is being sought by police.
According to Beaumont Police Spokeswoman Darci Mulvihill, the break-in was reported at 8:54 a.m. Wednesday at a home in the 11000 block of Sanders Street, near the Tournament Hills area of town and Trevino Park.
"The victim heard someone enter her house after she did not answer the doorbell, at which time she locked herself in a room and called police," Mulvihill said in a press release. "Realizing that there was someone in the house, the suspects fled."
Beaumont police responded "within minutes" and began searching the surrounding area. A short time later, an officer spotted a man in a truck matching the description provided by the woman in the area of Desert Lawn Drive, about two miles from the burglary site.
"The vehicle failed to stop and led officers onto the eastbound I-10 and then the westbound SR-60 before exiting on Jack Rabbit Trail, at which point officers lost the vehicle," Mulvihill said.
The man-- and a possible female passenger-- have not been seen since. However, with help from the California Highway Patrol and the sheriff's department, police did recover the gold Toyota Tacoma, which was abandoned in the unincorporated area of Nuevo, according to Mulvihill.
That truck had been reported stolen out of Corona on Aug. 16, she added.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the on-duty Watch Commander of the Beaumont Police Department at (951) 769-8500. Information can also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or reported anonymously to WeTip at 1-800-78-CRIME.