Suspect Allegedly Stole BMW from Dealership, Caused Hit and Run Crash

San Francisco police have detained a 37-year-old suspect who allegedly stole a car early this morning from a South of Market BMW dealership by driving it through the showroom window and onto city streets, a police spokesman said.

The male suspect allegedly broke into the BMW of San Francisco dealership at 1675 Howard St. near South Van Ness Avenue, according to San Francisco police spokesman Albie Esparza.

Police responded to a report of a stolen vehicle and burglary at the BMW dealership shortly after 5:15 a.m., Esparza said.

Upon arrival at the dealership, officers found a large floor to ceiling window of the dealership smashed and discovered cars had been moved around, according to Esparza.

The suspect apparently broke into the dealership, located a locked box where the vehicles’ keys were stored and then unsuccessfully attempted to steal a black vehicle before successfully stealing another vehicle, police said.

It appears that once the suspect had gained access to the vehicle, he drove it through the window of the dealership and onto the street, according to police.

At 5:23 a.m., police responded to a call of an injury hit-and-run crash at Mason and Post streets near Union Square involving a new BMW, Esparza said.

The suspect in that crash fled the scene on foot after crashing a BMW into a parked vehicle where an occupant was sleeping. Police said the occupant of that vehicle was not seriously injured.

At about 6:30 a.m., an officer responded to a domestic dispute between a male and a female at a separate location in the city. The officer spoke with the male and detained him.

Officers determined that the male was the same suspect wanted in connection with the burglary and hit-and-run earlier this morning.

The suspect has not yet been booked into county jail and his identity has not been released, Esparza said.

Hannah Albarazi, Bay City News

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