THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Some good Samaritans subdue two suspects during a grab-and-dash robbery at an apple store in Southern California.
It’s a crime that could be tied to a similar robbery at Fresno’s Fashion Fair mall.
Thieves were pinned down on the floor by several shoppers. They are conducting a citizens arrest.This after the three men walked an Apple store at the Oaks mall in Thousand Oaks.
Police said the men started grabbing valuables before they were taken down.
“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 into cash,” said Captain Garo Kuredjian, Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.
5 were arrested. 4 of them were from the Bay area but one, 26 year old Tynisha Noel is from Fresno.
Police said she was in the getaway car.
These kinds of grab and dash thefts aren’t new, especially right here in Fresno.
“These types of grand thefts or robberies in this case appear to be growing not only in Fresno but across the nation,” said Police Chief Jerry Dyer.
Last month 4 men took $30,000 in merchandise from the Fashion Fair apple store. As they grabbed electronics, shoppers crowded together for safety.
Then another similar crime on august 5th at a Fresno T Mobile. 4 men took more than $35,000 worth of cellphones.
This time at the Thousand Oaks mall enough was enough and the customers decided to stop the thieves themselves.
On that same day, police say the group also hit a Northridge Apple Store, taking ten thousand dollars worth in goods.
Investigators believe this same group has been doing it for weeks.