It happened just before 11:30 a.m. Monday, according to the Tustin Police Department. Officers said they were called out to the area of W. First Street and Yorba Street. A caller told police that a person was stealing copper from a building.
When police got there, they found the man, who then ran. The man then ran onto California Route 55, where he was hit and killed by a car near the intersection of the 55 and 4th Street.
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No other information about the suspect or the crash was immediately available.
All northbound lanes of the 55 were briefly closed Monday morning while police investigated.