Officers on the ground backed up by an LAPD helicopter are searching for a suspected car thief who bailed out of his vehicle near Sunset Boulevard and Alvarado Street. An officer with the Rampart Division said the search, which began shortly after 9:30 p.m., is focused on the area north of Sunset Boulevard. Police are preparing to close off some streets to seal off the area.
* Update: Police called off the search after failing to find the suspect, said Lt. Wes Buhrmester with the Rampart Division. The search ended after approximately three hours.