Our pages have documented several recent shoplifting excursions in the 24/680 of late, some of them seemingly conducted by crews of individuals targeting specific stores for specific merchandise.
On Thursday, about 10:30 a.m., employees from Marshall’s department store in Pleasant Hill called police to report that a large scale theft had just occurred. A detailed description of the suspects and their getaway car was provided and officers located the fleeing vehicle – touching off a short pursuit.
Police said the chase continued onto local freeways but was called off when the person driving the getaway car began driving recklessly – possibly endangering others. Minutes later, according to police, the suspect’s car was disabled, causing it to roll to a stop on Highway 24 near the I680/24 split (our namesake.)
Pleasant Hill officers moved in, arrested four people and recovered the stolen property.
Investigators said the four were allegedly part of an organized retail theft ring responsible for stealing merchandise valued at tens of thousands of dollars over the last several months.
Tybreyante Hopyard, 18 year old male, resident of Antioch
Dashiahnae Johnson, 19 year old female, resident of El Sobrante
Toriano Hudson, 21 year old male, resident of Richmond
Tiara Woods, 21 year old female, resident of Richmond