A man’s short-lived suspected crime spree in Burbank came to an end late last month after police said he got into two hit-and-run collisions while driving a car he allegedly stole.
The Burbank Police Department received word of a hit-and-run in the 600 block of North Screenland Drive around 11:15 p.m. on March 31. Sometime after arriving on the scene, officers were informed about a second collision that occurred nearby on Pass Avenue near Verdugo Boulevard.
Sgt. Derek Green, a department spokesman, said both incidents involved a white SUV.
Officers arriving at the second collision site found a white Mazda CZ9 in the middle of the street with its driver’s-side door open. A man had reportedly run from the vehicle after getting into the collision, Green said.
Authorities were able to spot a man running nearby and chased after him. He was arrested after trying to run through the parking lot of a Smart & Final grocery store.
He was identified as 30-year-old Rene Ortiz from Boyle Heights.
Green said officers discovered the car was reported stolen earlier in the evening from a home in the 600 block of Kenwood Street. He added that Ortiz was also wanted in connection with a window-smash burglary that occurred the same night at Fiesta Taco on Hollywood Way.