Modesto police searched for two hours Monday afternoon for a burglar who threw a handgun while fleeing from an officer.
About 1:45 p.m., an officer on Davenport Court in north Modesto found a white pickup that had been used in a car burglary on Standiford Avenue earlier in the day.
According to Lt. Brian Findlen, the man was nearby, in the process of committing another car burglary, when an officer arrived.
The man saw the officer, ran back to the white pickup and drove recklessly from the scene, leaving a semiautomatic handgun in the road, Findlen said.
The officer lost sight of the man while heading north on Carver Road toward Pelandale Avenue, but dispatch soon received a call of a reckless driver near Standiford and Tully Road.
Soon after that, the man abandoned the truck in the 2500 block of Kathrine Avenue, north of Beard Elementary School. The truck was found to have been stolen from Turlock, Findlen said.
Police established a large perimeter and with the use of a police dog conducted door-to-door searches for the man while Stanislaus County sheriff’s deputies in a helicopter searched from above.
“We clearly know that the car and likely the suspect are associated with two burglaries and that the person was armed,” Findlen said of the extensive search.
The man was described as white, in his 20s, with a thin build, white shirt and green or khaki shorts; he was not located. Officers ended the search just before 4 p.m.
The stolen pickup was being processed late Monday afternoon and Findlen said multiple items believed stolen, including electronics, had been found.