Three young men and a teenage boy were in custody Wednesday on suspicion of taking phones from an Apple store in the Brea mall and leading officers on a lengthy pursuit that damaged two police vehicles.
Police received calls about 8:40 p.m. Tuesday regarding the thefts of phones from the Apple store in the shopping mall, said Brea police Lt. Adam Hawley.
Police arriving on scene spotted the vehicle the suspects were attempting to flee in and attempted to stop it in the parking lot, Hawley said.
The driver, however, refused to pull over and nearly rammed head-on into an officer’s car, Hawley said. The detective behind the wheel managed to swerve away at the last moment and the suspect’s car clipped the front quarter panel of the police vehicle, Hawley said.
The pursuit led to a parking lot at 1770 Lambert Ave., where the driver rammed a squad car and turned a corner, where the getaway vehicle collided with a planter, Hawley said.
The suspects bailed out and scrambled over a wall to a brush area on the east side of the Orange (57) Freeway, Hawley said.
One of the suspects was seen getting into a ridehailing vehicle, which was quickly stopped by police, Hawley said. The other suspects were arrested in the brush area and nearby residential neighborhood, he said.
Police are investigating whether the suspects, whose names were not immediately released, are part of a ring responsible for other similar thefts in the region, Hawley said.
The suspects were identified as:
— Jafari Ali Thomas, 21, of Los Angeles, who was booked on suspicion of burglary, evading a police officer, conspiracy to commit a crime, grand theft, resisting arrest, and aggravated assault against an officer;
— Calvin Carlos Joe, 20, of Los Angeles, who was booked on suspicion of conspiracy to commit a crime;
— Desean Kobye Overton, 18, of Los Angeles, who was booked on suspicion of burglary, conspiracy to commit a crime, and resisting arrest; and
— a 15-year-old Los Angeles boy, whose name was withheld because he’s a juvenile. He was booked on suspicion of conspiracy to commit a crime, grand theft, resisting an officer and burglary.