UPDATE: Police Search Arundel on the Bay for Suspected Shoplifters
Officers chased suspects from downtown Annapolis to the peninsula Wednesday afternoon and blocked several roads while the search continued.
UPDATE: 10 a.m. Thursday
City police said they arrested three people in connection with a shoplifting incident involving seven jackets worth $2,100 from Helly Hansen. One person was arrested at the store and the other two were taken into custody following a car chase onto the Annapolis Neck Peninsula.
Officers found the silver sedan the suspected shoplifters had been driving and arrested the driver. Police eventually found and arrested another person following a chase in the Bay Ridge community.
City police said it appears as if those arrested may be involved in sholifting incidents at other stores throughout Anne Arundel County.
Annapolis and Anne Arundel County police scoured the Arundel on the Bay area Wednesday afternoon searching for a group of suspected shoplifters.
Annapolis police Detective Amy Miguez said officers responded to a shoplifting call at Helly Hansen, 132 Main St. in downtown Annapolis, at about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.
She said the group stole more than $1,000 worth of merchandise from the clothing store.
Officers arrested a suspect at the store and then learned a vehicle was involved, she said. Officers quickly located the car but the driver refused to stop, Miguez said.
Police pursued the vehicle, which drove to the Arundel on the Bay area.
“It’s not clear the number of people who were involved,” Miguez said.
Officers found the car and took another person into custody, she said. Police also searched the area under the suspicion that someone had jumped out of the vehicle.
Arundel on the Bay Road was blocked for some time as police continued to search the area.
Miguez said more information will be available on the incident on Thursday.
In separate incidents, city police had responded to two shoplifting incidents at Helly Hansen during the same week in January last year.