Thief causes BART service to stop

A suspected burglar delayed BART service fornearly 45 minutes on the Pittsburg-Bay Point line Friday afternoon, after he took to the railway’s tracks in an attempt to flee from police officers.

The foot chase started at approximately 3:05 p.m., after an Orinda man alerted authorities that a man was rummaging through the garage of his home, according to Orinda Police Department Sgt. Mohammad Djajakusuma.

The suspect fled, crossing a series of streets before hopping a fence to get on the BART tracks.

Because of the safety concerns from the officers chasing the suspect on the tracks, BART shut down service between the Orinda and Pleasant Hill stations, according to district spokesman Linton Johnson. Service on the line was restored at 4 p.m. after a 42-minute delay, Johnson said.

No other lines were affected, Johnson said.

The suspect was on probation and will be charged with violating his conditions, Djajakusuma said.

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