Coin machine vandalism prompts pursuit in Placer Co.

A pair suspected of trying to break-in into a coin machine led Placer County sheriff's deputies on a car chase Monday morning and ended with one woman's arrest and another suspect on the loose, according to Placer County Sheriff's Office Facebook page.

The Facebook report said deputies received a call from an Auburn/Colfax carwash owner after he witnessed, through a live video surveillance feed, a man drilling into his coin machine.

When a deputy arrived, the suspect, identified as 39-year-old Shane Schmidt, was gone. A few minutes later the deputy saw Schmidt and his alleged accomplice, 35-year-old Sandra Byrd, at a nearby gas station in Colfax.

According to the Facebook post, Schmidt ran from the deputy while the Byrd got into a vehicle and drove away.

Another deputy saw Byrd's vehicle heading west on Interstate 80 and attempted to pull her over. Byrd accelerated, reaching high speeds until her vehicle ran over a spike strip deployed by a Roseville police officer near Douglas Boulevard.

Byrd stopped on I-80 between Riverside and Antelope roads. She was arrested for for evading officers, resisting arrest and driving with a suspended license and booked at the Placer County Jail, the sheriff's report said.

Detectives were still looking for Schmidt, who is wanted for felony vandalism and theft. He was last seen wearing a gray t-shirt with a white emblem, pants of an unknown color and white tennis shoes. He is 6 feet tall, 200 pounds and has blond hair and blue eyes.

Anyone who sees Schmidt was urged to call the Placer County Sheriff's Office at 530-889-7800.


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