Car theft suspect found hiding in trash

A man who allegedly stole a vehicle then ran away when officers approached him was found hiding inside a plastic trash can Friday in Pleasanton, Sgt. Pat Walsh said Monday.

Police responded to reports of a vehicle theft on Main Street around 1:45 p.m. and found two suspects inside the vehicle on Vineyard Avenue, about half a mile away from where the vehicle was reportedly stolen, according to Walsh.

Justin Spinelli, the 23-year-old man driving the stolen vehicle, remained inside thevehicle when police approached, Walsh said.

However, 36-year-old Armand Smith dashed from the passenger seat of the vehicle to a nearby housing complex, according to Walsh.

Police barricaded the area and used a dog to find Smith, who was tucked inside a plastic trash can outside the housing complex, Walsh said.

Smith was arrested on suspicion of burglary and resisting arrest, and Spinelli was arrested on suspicion of burglary, violation of probation and driving with a suspended license, according to Walsh.

— Bay City News

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