A 27-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly running over someone who tried to stop him from stealing wooden pallets in San Leandro, police said.
The fatal hit and run occurred at the True World Foods warehouse on Williams Street, near Merced Street and Interstate 880.
Police said the victim, a man, was killed shortly before noon on Monday when he was hit by a pickup truck in the rear of the warehouse.
The victim may have been an employee at True World Foods. He was struck and killed at about 11:45 a.m. after he got into an altercation with another man in the rear area where trucks load food products for delivery, San Leandro police Lt. Robert McManus said.
The suspect, identified as Kadeem Edwards of Richmond, was trying to steal wood pallets in the back area, according to police.
The man who was struck by the pickup truck was pronounced dead at the scene, McManus said. Police late Monday were not releasing the victim's name.
The suspect fled in his pickup truck and was later located in the area of High Street, near I-880, in Oakland, police said.
"I don't know what the value of the pallets are, but I do know that the recycling of wood pallets is a big business," McManus said. "And for some, it's the primary source of income."
Investigators are checking for surveillance camera footage of the incident and talking to officials at True World Foods.
The company, whose warehouse is located just west of I-880, describes itself on its website as "one of the largest wholesale distributors of fresh and frozen seafood and specialty items in North America."