AUBURN, Calif. (KTXL) — Placer County investigators said a Sacramento man was arrested Sunday for his alleged involvement in a crime ring that targets Northern California Target stores.
Surveillance cameras at the Auburn Target store on Bell Road picked up 30-year-old Dylan Norman Lovitt around 6:45 p.m. in a baby formula aisle with an empty box, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said.
“He walked into the baby formula aisle, and immediately began stuffing that box with numerous containers of baby formula,” said Angela Musallam, with the sheriff’s office.
As he got into his SUV, a Placer County sergeant tried to stop him, but he drove off.
The sheriff’s office said its deputies followed Lovitt as he drove down westbound Interstate 80. During the chase, he ran stop signs and red lights, as well as traveled down the middle of the roadway.
Law enforcement used spikes trips to stop Lovitt’s SUV at Penryn Road, and the sheriff’s office said he bolted from the vehicle. He was quickly taken into custody.
“It appears that this suspect knows what he’s doing. He’s engaged in this type of activity before, and he actually stole nearly $850 worth of baby formula from that specific Target here in Auburn on Bell Road,” Musallam said.
Investigators said Lovitt, who is a transient, was responsible for taking more than $33,000 worth of merchandise from Target stores in the region while part of the organized crime ring.
He has since been booked into the Auburn Jail on suspicion of organized retail theft, failure to yield to a peace officer and resisting a peace officer.
Target released a statement about the incident.
Last weekend, the security team at the Auburn Target store observed a man shoplifting baby products and immediately called the Placer County Sheriff’s Office. We also had evidence of many different shoplifting incidents with this same individual, and turned the information over to law enforcement.Target