Office burglary leads to car chase, arrest

A transient man was arrested after breaking into a San Carlos pharmaceutical company office late this morning, San Mateo County sheriff’s officials said.

The man, later identified as Joseph Gabriel Scott, 32, was arrested following a call from an employee at Alvine Pharmaceuticals at 75 Shoreway Road around 11:15 a.m., sheriff’s officials said.

The employee said she was working inside the closed business when she saw two men in masks looking through the locked front door, officials said.

She fled through a back door when she heard the front windows breaking.

She stayed on the phone while telling a dispatcher what she was hearing and seeing, officials said.

Deputies arrived at the business and found a tan Acura TL with two men driving away toward U.S. Highway 101. After attempts to stop the car, the men drove off and a chase started, officials said.

The chase continued onto eastbound state Highway 92, over the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge and into Alameda County.

California Highway Patrol officers helped with the pursuit and followed the suspects into a shopping center parking lot off of Jackson Street in Hayward, officials said.

Hayward police also assisted with the chase.

The driver and passenger jumped out of the Acura and ran away on foot. One suspect was able to elude officers, but Scott was caught and arrested.

He was taken back to San Mateo County and booked into jail.

Sheriff’s officials said several laptops and other items believed to have been taken from Alvine Pharmaceuticals were found in the Acura.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call San Mateo County sheriff’s Sgt. Linda Gibbons at (650) 363-4063 or email her at lgibbons@smcgov.org.

An anonymous tip line is available at (800) 547-2700.