Thousands of dollars of merchandise stolen from Fashion Valley Mall

Police catch two men, find merchandise in van

SAN DIEGO - Three people accused of taking thousands of dollars worth of goods at Fashion Valley Mall were arrested Tuesday night after a wild search.

According to authorities, the mall burglaries were reported just before 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Authorities said at least four people -- three men and one woman -- took several thousand of dollars worth of merchandise from several stores, including Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister and Bloomingdale's.

Minutes later, the group was chased by police through the parking lot and then onto southbound state Route 163.

According to San Diego police Lt. Paul Rorrison, undercover officers were watching the suspected robbers' every move. They said four people jumped out of a Lincoln Navigator sport utility vehicle east of the mall and tried to hide by the dry San Diego riverbed. Two people were immediately caught.

The SDPD's ABLE helicopter circled the area late Tuesday evening to look for two at-large suspects, including the woman. About a mile away along Friars Road, another man was detained and put into the back of a patrol car. Police found a stack of clothes inside the back of the man's minivan. However, police said it is still unclear if he is connected to the people who ran from the Lincoln Navigator.

Outside on the patio area of P.F. Chang's China Bistro, several women visiting from Chicago watched in awe.

"We were watching this and all these cop cars are coming by," one woman said. "We thought they must be filming a movie here. It was pretty crazy."

On Wednesday, authorities said the search is ongoing for a man and woman they say were working with the three others.

Police said the Tuesday's robbery was the third time the group had struck at Fashion Valley Mall in the past two weeks.

Authorities said Tuesday's incident is not connected to a robbery that occurred Nov. 8 at a Macy's store in Plaza Bonita where $5,000 worth of goods were taken.

 

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