In a brazen act of retail rebellion, two juveniles were caught in the sticky web of the law after swiping goods from Macy's, one of Rancho Cucamonga's department store gems. The theft, which occurred at the shop situated at 12501 S. Main Street at about 7:51 p.m. on Saturday, ended with the youngsters in handcuffs and the loot—unfortunately for them—not in their closets.
The savvy loss prevention officers at Macy's wasted no time in spotting the larcenous pair as they made their amateurish attempt to disappear into the night—with merchandise handpicked, though certainly not paid for. The suspects, a 17-year-old male and a 16-year-old female, thought to outsmart security by bolting out of the store but were met with the relentless pursuit of justice as mall security and deputies swooped in. In a statement obtained by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, the events of the arrest were laid bare for public perusal.
The efforts of the deputies, combined with the assistance of Victoria Gardens Mall Security, resulted in the swift apprehension of these impromptu outlaws. Finding themselves detained by forces far more experienced in this game of cat and mouse, the youths saw an untimely end to their fleeting adventure in misdemeanor.
The aftermath of this saga saw the suspected shoplifters carted back to the station, where a citation for PC 459.5—shoplifting—was handed to them as casually as they had tried to take those unpaid-for treasures. Afterwards, they were released back into the custody of those who might instill a better sense of judgment—their parents. Deputy Albert Sosa, the fingertip on the long arm of the law, invites any soul with knowledge of the incident or further inquiries to ring the Rancho Cucamonga Sheriff's Station at (909) 477-2800—or to embrace anonymity and whisper truths to the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME.