SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.—San Bernardino's police chief has hit the streets—literally.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise (http://bit.ly/StVlUj) says Chief Rob Handy tackled a suspected thief on a sidewalk on Wednesday.

Police say the chief, wearing a suit, was heading to a meeting with a local Neighborhood Watch leader at a restaurant when he was told someone outside was peddling power tools.

Handy talked to the man, suspected the tools were stolen and called for a patrol car.

When it arrived, police say the man took off with Handy in pursuit. The man dropped a gun during the chase before he was tackled by Handy.

An officer helped Handy arrest the 22-year-old transient. Police say the tools were stolen that day from an auto center.

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Information from: The Press-Enterprise, http://www.pe.com