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Runaway parolee detained after search in Chico

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CHICO, Calif. - Chico police detained a man, who they say is a suspect in an ongoing fraud investigation case, Tuesday afternoon after an almost two hour search.

Police said they were alerted of a man who was using a stolen credit card to purchase tires at Smythe Tire Shop earlier this week and were investigating the incident when the suspect came into the tire shop, saw the officer, and took off running.

According to an employee with Smythe Tire Shop, the suspect came in last week and bought four new tires with a stolen credit card. The owner of the credit card was notified of the suspicious activity this week and the bank notified the tire shop.

The employee said the suspect then showed up at the tire shop Monday to purchase another tire, as one of ones he purchased last week was ruined. The employee said the suspect set up an appointment to come in Tuesday to have the tire replaced.

Steve Smythe then called the Chico Police Department and told them about the appointment. The Chico Police Department sent an officer to the store where she was waiting when the suspect arrived for his appointment.

After seeing the officer, the suspect ran down Broadway and the officer followed him until she lost track of him.

Police shut down Salem Street between 7th and 8th Streets while they searched for the suspect and were able to detain him almost two hours later.

Chico Country Day School was on lockdown during the incident.

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