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Stolen car recovered, manhunt leads to 3 in custody in Shell Beach

Posted at 1:49 PM, May 22, 2020

Three people were taken into custody Friday afternoon after a brief manhunt in Shell Beach.

According to the California Highway Patrol, just after noon, an officer tried to pull over a vehicle for speeding on Highway 101 but the driver refused to stop. Upon running the license plate, the officer determined that the 2007 Subaru had been stolen.

CHP says the driver exited at Spyglass Dr., eventually stopped the car on Seacliff Dr. near Coburn Ln. and three people got out and took off running.

Officers searched the area with the help of Pismo Beach Police Department K9s and the CHP helicopter.

By 1:15 p.m., two female passengers and the male driver were in custody.

The owner of a home in the 100 block of Seacliff Dr. told KSBY News the male suspect forced his way into her home and was found hiding in the upstairs bathtub.

CHP says they are working on returning the vehicle to the registered owner.

Cole Bumen says he was visiting a friend's house near the Cal Poly campus when he noticed his car missing at around midnight.

"I got a call from the CHP saying they identified my car and just to come down here to Pismo Beach where I found my car," Bumen said. "My wallet was stolen and I had a few things, smaller items that they took but nothing major comparatively. The wallet was the biggest bummer."