ANTIOCH -- Two Oakland men suspected in a burglary early Thursday at a J.C. Penney department store were arrested after crashing their car while fleeing police.
Romell Davis, 24, and Devontae Rutherford, 18, were not injured seriously in the wreck and tried to run from officers following the crash, Antioch police Corp. James McMurry said. Both were taken into custody and likely will face charges stemming from the burglary and the chase.
According to police, Davis and Rutherford tried to pry open the emergency exit doors to the J.C. Penney at 4951 Slatten Ranch Road at 4:58 a.m. Thursday and were with one other person in a vehicle that was trying to flee the parking lot when officers arrived.
Police tried to stop the vehicle as it sped toward Lone Tree Way, McMurry said, but it didn't yield. The men eventually drove onto the Highway 4 bypass toward Pittsburg, and police followed until it crashed west of Laurel Road, McMurry said.
Davis and Rutherford then ran from the car and were caught, McMurry said. The third occupant got away, he said. They were taken to a hospital for treatment and expected to be booked later Thursday.
It wasn't immediately known what, if any, merchandise was taken from the store by the suspects.
Later Thursday morning, police in Walnut Creek were investigating a smash-and-grab burglary at a Tiffany and Co. jewelry store in that city.
Davis and Rutherford were expected to be transferred to be released from a hospital and booked into the County Jail in Martinez later Thursday.
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