Two arrested for stealing luxury goods in California after crashing vehicles into stores
Los Angeles, California – On Monday, authorities arrested two burglary suspects in Southern California who were accused of stealing over $100,000 worth of merchandise from two luxury stores after crashing two vehicles into them. Ahmad Rahmaan, 25, and Tylise Bell, 28, both of Los Angeles, were charged with commercial burglary and conspiracy to commit commercial burglary. Rahmaan was also charged with felony evading police officers. Meanwhile, two other suspects remain at large.
According to Newport Police Department spokesperson Sgt. Shawn Dugan, the suspects allegedly drove an older model Ford Explorer and a small SUV into the Neiman Marcus and Louis Vuitton stores at the Fashion Island outdoor shopping center in Newport Beach at approximately 3:45 a.m. PST. The stores are connected internally but both have doors leading to the outside parking area.
The suspects reportedly fled the scene in a third vehicle with more than $100,000 worth of high-end handbags. However, police officers initiated a pursuit of the suspects towards Los Angeles, and the California Highway Patrol took over the pursuit while on the freeway. During the pursuit, the suspects allegedly threw some of the stolen merchandise out of the vehicle’s window. Most of the stolen property was recovered by officers, but the exact loss from the store is still being determined.
The vehicle was eventually stopped in Los Angeles, and the police detained Rahmaan and Bell. However, the two other suspects remain at large after fleeing from the vehicle.
The incident highlights the growing concerns about criminal activities, particularly burglaries, in the region. The police department is investigating the case to identify the other suspects and prevent similar crimes from happening in the future.