A retail theft involving thousands of dollars in merchandise from a Thousand Oaks store Wednesday night led to a pursuit and the eventual arrest of two Los Angeles men, authorities said.
The incident was reported at 6:52 PM at Ulta Beauty in the Janss Marketplace on North Moorpark Road, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office reported. The sheriff’s agency is contracted to provide police services in Thousand Oaks.
Two suspects had allegedly run out of the business after taking merchandise, authorities said. Witnesses provided a vehicle description and deputies with the Moorpark division saw the vehicle going through their area.
When deputies tried to pull over the vehicle, the driver reportedly failed to yield and a pursuit began. The pursuit was canceled due to public safety concerns.
Deputies later found the vehicle, with no one inside, parked in Simi Valley near the Hobby Lobby store in the 2800 block of Cochran Avenue. The vehicle contained the stolen property, valued at nearly $10,000, according to the sheriff’s office.
The area was searched by sheriff’s personnel with assistance from the Simi Valley Police Department and California Highway Patrol. Both suspects were ultimately taken into custody.
Los Angeles resident Anfrederick Tate, 26, was arrested on suspicion of organized retail theft and felony evading offenses, among other violations, and on two out-of-county warrants, authorities said. He remained in Ventura County jail Thursday with total bail set at $525,000.
Eric Robinson, 28, also of Los Angeles, was arrested on suspicion of organized retail theft, a felony, and a misdemeanor resisting violation. He remained in jail Thursday in lieu of $50,000 bail, jail records showed… VC Star