It sounded like chaos, but this is a civil arrest after buyers in a mall, says enough.
But Captain Garo Kuredjian was pleased that the shoppers became involved after three men entered this Apple Store at Oaks Mall in Tusen Oaks and began to snatch goods.
"These items are relatively small and very expensive so if they get away with a few things in their hands, these are very easy to transfer to cash," said Kuredjian, who is with the Ventura County Sheriff Office.
Sound familiar? That's because something similar happened in Fresno. It's a scene we've seen up and down in the state.
In Fresno last year, four men took more than $ 30,000 of merchandise from an Apple Store in less than a minute.
In Costa Mesa a couple of weeks later ̵
"They are actually targeted at these Apple stores because of their availability and there is a network in place to sell them on the secondary market," Kuredjian said.
Detectives believe that at least two stores were targeted Sunday
First, an Apple store in Northridge was hit at 1 – $ 10,000 worth of products were taken. Two hours later, detectors thought that the same men came to a thousand Oaks, but this time they took two of them. 19659002] Deputies pulled over the third in a fleet that left the mall.
Detectives arrested three men and two women believed to be in the holiday car.
Four are from northern California and one is from Fresno. That is why the researchers believe this was not their first day.
They say the group has been doing this for several weeks – which keeps the good Samaritans down, will be thieves Apple's latest gentlemen.