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Police Arrest 2 Suspected Car Thieves Wanted for Several California Burglaries; Third Suspect At Large

NATOMAS — Two people with connections to previous burglaries have been detained and police are looking for a third after they led authorities on a chase that ended in Natomas early Tuesday afternoon.

Sacramento Police, the county Sheriff’s Department and Highway Patrol officers were searching in the area of San Juan and Truxel Roads for the three suspects.

The box truck had been stolen from a graphics company on Springhill Drive in Grass Valley, according to the Grass Valley Police Department. Around noon, after the theft was reported to authorities, a detective saw the box truck leaving a gas station on McKnight Way. Grass Valley officers began to pursue the suspects as they drove down Highway 20 toward Penn Valley.

The California Highway Patrol followed the speeding box truck through Marysville then southbound on Highway 70. The truck switched lanes into oncoming traffic multiple times as it led authorities down the highway. A California Highway Patrol helicopter tracked the chase as it was led southbound on Highway 99 then Highway 5.

As they exited onto Truxel Road and were stopped near San Juan Road, the suspects left the box truck and ran from officers.

Police were able to detain and place Joseph Daniel Sandoval, 31, and James Edwin Sandoval III, 32, into custody.

Authorities had been searching for the Sandovals  prior to the chase on Tuesday.

Jan. 2 robbery footage of the suspects. (Credit: Grass Valley Police Department)

Jan. 2 robbery footage of the suspects. (Credit: Grass Valley Police Department)

The Grass Valley Police Department found that the suspects were connected to the Jan. 2 robbery of Hot Spot Smoke Shop on Colfax Avenue. The suspects, masked and armed, stole an undisclosed amount of money and electronic items from the store. They then fled in a stolen van, which was found abandoned blocks away from the scene of the robbery.

On May 31, 2015 three suspects, including Joseph Sandoval and his father, James Edward Sandoval, drove a stolen SUV through the glass doors of a Bloomingdale’s in Palo Alto. According to KRON 4, over $125,000 worth of jewelry was stolen from the store.

Two of the suspects in the Bloomingdale’s burglary, Bobby Burke and Joseph Sandoval’s father, were arrested. Joseph Sandoval was still at large and wanted by Palo Alto police.

The suspects will be booked at the Nevada County Jail while the third suspect is being sought.