Just before 12:30 p.m. on Friday, September 11, a security officer from the Fry’s Electronics store in Serra Mesa contacted police regarding three individuals who had been observed stealing merchandise.
Police immediately responded to the call and appeared on the scene while the suspects were still inside the store. As police set up a perimeter around the building, security officers observed the suspects via a video surveillance system.
The shoplifters — described as white males in their 20s — roamed around the store separately and remained inside for approximately ten minutes after police arrived. As two of the thieves were walking out of the store, police took them into custody without incident.
The other thief, still inside, was observed by an officer, who noted, “He is currently breaking into packages and putting stuff in his bag.” He was taken into custody a few minutes later.
Soon after detaining the suspects, a dispatcher mentioned that they had been authorized to contact a Russian interpreter for the men in custody. The officer on the scene said, “Let’s hold off on that for now.”
The dollar amount of the merchandise they attempted to steal is unknown.