A crew of suspected shoplifters grabbed a large quantity of baby formula from a San Ramon Safeway store and fled westbound on Highway 24 Friday, a trail of law enforcement agencies in pursuit.
Police were looking for three people who targeted the store and fled westbound onto Highway 24 at speeds in excess of 100 mph around 8 p.m. Friday – a Sheriff’s helicopter monitoring the procession until the suspect car stopped in the 900 block of 37th Street in Oakland.
Three people were believed to have been taken into custody at a residence in that block at around 8:16 p.m.
Baby formula and other seemingly innocent household products are highly prized by Bay Area drug and shoplifting gangs, and represent a currency of sorts. Thefts of certain products favored by shoplifters have led to similar chases on several prior occasions.