Driver bails out of stolen vehicle in Miami Beach, police say

3 schools temporarily placed on lockdown as precaution

Miami Beach police search for a man who bailed out of a stolen vehicle. (WPLG)

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – A driver bailed out of a stolen vehicle Thursday morning in Miami Beach, authorities confirmed.

Biscayne Beach Elementary School, Lehrman Day School and Mater Academy were temporarily placed on lockdown as a precaution.

Miami Beach police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez confirmed that an officer was filing a report regarding a vehicle that had been stolen overnight when he spotted the stolen vehicle in the area of 77th Street and Dickens Avenue.

Authorities said officers tried stopping the car and a perimeter was set up in the area after the driver bailed out of the vehicle and ran into one of the nearby apartment buildings.

Video from the ground shows officers, some armed with long guns, walking from block to block and using K-9’s to try and track down the thief’s location.

At one point, officers were also using a helicopter, as well.

But at last check, the car thief was still on the run.

The suspect has been described by police as a white male, possibly in his 20s, with red and black hair and who has facial tattoos. Police said he was wearing a black shirt and jeans.

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