Advice to criminals: Don't try to ditch your getaway car in the exact same place as the last time. Chances are, police will be waiting.
After a high speed chase and crash where her stolen BMW crashed into a tree, San Jose police arrested a woman for allegedy using an 8-inch revolver to rob a 7-Eleven Tuesday morning at Kirk Park and Foxworthy Avenue.
Officers immediately recognized her as the same woman wanted in connection with the armed robberies of two other 7-Eleven convenience stores a month ago. After those crimes, police say she dumped her stolen vehicle at an apartment complex on the east side of the city.
An insightful San Jose police officer figured she'd try to do the same thing again.
And she did.
"We figured it out," Lt. Mike Sullivan said. "Sure enough, she showed up."
The officer chased the woman in her stolen BMW at speeds of 75 to 80 miles am hour. The chase, which lasted about a minute and a half, ended when she crashed into a tree at the intersection of Yerba Buena and silver creek roads near Highway 101.
Her pregnant passenger surrendered immediately. She and a man in the car tried to run, police said, but were caughtby waiting officers. All three were taken to the hospital as a precaution. Police say they recovered the gun used in the robbery along with stolen money and lottery tickets.