A Selma man was arrested on suspicion of stealing a car, breaking into vehicles and evading police about Thursday in Hanford, police said.
Kristopher Torres, 25, was booked into the Kings County Jail on suspicion of felony evading, vehicle theft, possession of stolen property and burglary tools, and four counts of vehicle burglary.
Police arrived at the Hanford Mall shortly before 7 p.m. after receiving reports of a man breaking into cars. Witnesses told officers the suspect left in a gray Dodge with paper plates, which one officer quickly spotted. When the officer tried to stop the car, the driver — later identified as Torres — sped up and fled northbound on 12th Avenue, reaching speeds of over 80 mph. Torres allegedly ran multiple red lights before turning onto Sangiovese Street and fleeing on foot into the Copper Valley Estates subdivision. He was arrested after police found him in the backyard of a home in the 2300 block of Warhol Street.
The Dodge Torres was driving was reported stolen in Selma earlier Thursday. Torres allegedly escaped a separate chase by Selma police earlier in the day. Stolen property was allegedly found inside the Dodge. Four separate victims have identified their property, but officers are still looking for the owners of some unclaimed items.