Police looking for white male with long hair involved in stolen truck incident and chase
A white male who stole a Spectrum Cable pickup truck from a location in the Town of Batavia on Saturday night and then evaded capture during a pursuit on Oak Street is still at large, according to the Batavia Police Department.
The police are asking the public's assistance in identifying the suspect.
The incident began about 11:30 p.m. when the Sheriff's Office received a report of a stolen work truck.
An officer in the City of Batavia observed a white Ford F-150 with the Spectrum logo on its doors traveling on Washington Avenue.
The officer followed the vehicle onto West Main Street while confirming with dispatchers that the vehicle in question was the stolen vehicle.
The officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the stolen vehicle at the intersection of Olyn Avenue and Holland Avenue. The suspect fled northbound on Holland, continuing northbound on to Oak Street before making an abrupt right turn at Charles Street.
The subject then drove through all the backyards of the houses located on the north side of Charles Street, damaging fences, vehicles and the yards.
The work truck then emerged through the driveway of 70/72 Oak St. damaging vehicles and a house. The vehicle traveled westbound across Oak striking and significantly damaging three vehicles in the driveway of 69 Oak St.
At that point, the operator then fled the area on foot.
Deputy Chris Erion and K-9 "Frankie" responded for a search of the area while state Troopers helped establish a perimeter.
Despite an extensive search, the suspect was not located.
The suspect was described by witnesses to be a white male, with long hair, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and a black backpack.
There were no reported injuries as a result of the incident.
The Batavia PD press release suggests investigators have a possible name for the suspect but are looking for additional information to confirm the identity. Anybody with information that may assist the investigation is asked to contact Det. Jason Ivison. Ivison can be reached at (585) 345-6370.