Burglar makes off with $20K in tools from San Carlos business

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San Mateo County sheriff’s deputies are searching for a man who stole $20,500 worth of tools during a window-smash burglary at a San Carlos business on Sunday, only to leave the loot behind while fleeing authorities.

On Sunday at 10:41 p.m., deputies responded to Lazar Machining at 299 Old County Road on a report of a burglary in progress and arrived two minutes later, while the suspect was still on the property, the sheriff’s office said.

Deputies saw the front window of the business smashed before they saw a man get into a nearby vehicle and drive off. Deputies followed the vehicle until it drove onto southbound 101, and provided its license plate and description to other law enforcement units. The vehicle was not located, however, until 40 minutes later, when a sheriff’s deputy spotted the car at the Good Nite Inn in Redwood City. Despite and extensive search, the suspect was not located, although all the tools stolen from Lazar Machining were recovered and returned, the sheriff’s office said.

The vehicle as found to have been stolen from Burlingame on Aug. 22. It was processed for evidence and returned to the owner.

The suspect was described as a black man, approximately 6-feet tall, 170 pounds, bald, wearing a white t-shirt, dark colored pants, and white shoes.

Anyone who might have information regarding this crime is encouraged to call San Mateo County Sheriff’s Anonymous Tip Line at 1-800-547-2700