A thief on parole stole $900 worth of Lego sets from a California store before leading the police on a car chase, authorities said Sunday. 

Officers in Vallejo, a San Francisco suburb, were called to a store in response to a report about a burglary in the 700 block of Admiral Callaghan Lane on Friday. Store staffers said the thief took $900 worth of Lego toys. 

They gave authorities a description of the suspect and a Hyundai Sonata with a reported stolen license plate waiting outside.

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A police patrol unit spotted the stolen vehicle and attempted to stop the driver, resulting in an 11-mile chase, police said. During the pursuit, a male passenger jumped out of the Sonata as it was traveling 50 mph, police said. 

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A Vallejo police officer gives a thumbs up after the arrest of a thief accused of stealing $900 worth of Lego sets.? (Vallejo Police Department?)

Officers continued the chase until the driver lost control and crashed into a retaining wall, police said. The unidentified suspect was arrested and taken to a hospital. He had two outstanding arrest warrants for grand theft and a traffic-related offense, authorities said. 

Meanwhile, officers searched for the passenger who jumped out of the stolen car, police said. Later, a resident tipped off authorities that someone was hiding in their backyard trashcan. 

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The passenger was found when officers entered and searched the rear of the home, authorities said. The thief later allegedly admitted to stealing and selling LEGO sets

A records check revealed he was on parole for possessing a stolen vehicle. 

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