‘Career Criminals’ Arrested after Short Car Chase Outside West Sacramento Target

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WEST SACRAMENTO -- Three "career criminals" were arrested Wednesday after a short and destructive pursuit in front of the West Sacramento Target, according to police.

"I was stopping in GNC and in Nugget -- well that was the intent. I didn't make it all the way into Nugget after the fiasco,” said Morgan Sterling.

The fiasco Sterling now knows she captured in part on her cell phone was police trying to stop three suspected Target shoplifters in the parking lot of Southport Town Center.

The West Sacramento Police Department reports several people had gone into the store to orchestrate a burglary.

Officers found the getaway car in the parking lot and were able to take two people into custody.

"They were instructing somebody else to get out of the vehicle and when he didn't they noticed that somebody in the front seat was shuffling around, which turned out to be the passenger jumping in the driver's seat, who then tried to flee the scene," Sterling told FOX40.

The woman began driving "recklessly" through the Southport Town Center, according to police. As the Lexus sped through the area, the suspect crashed it into other vehicles then ran away.

Officers were able to take her into custody. It was later discovered that the woman had several outstanding warrants for burglary, theft, conspiracy to commit a crime with a history of carjacking, evading an officer and child endangerment.

She was charged with grand theft, conspiracy, hit and run, evading officers and resisting arrest.

The police department reports the driver and the other passenger also had several arrest warrants from multiple counties.

The suspects' identities have not been reported.

No one was hurt in the incident.


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