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Chico Police Arrest 3 in Connection to String of Costly Shoplifts

Three people, two men and a teenage girl, were arrested Monday after police say they allegedly stole a combined total of $10,579 worth of items from various stores in Chico.

Posted: Oct 10, 2018 4:47 AM
Updated: Oct 10, 2018 4:48 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Three people, two men and a teenage girl, were arrested Monday after police say they allegedly stole a combined total of $10,579 worth of items from various stores in Chico.

According to Chico police, officers got a call from a CVS Pharmacy on East Avenue that a group of people had shoplifted a lot of items from the store.

Once the CVS employees provided a description of the suspects and their vehicle, police got another call just after 4 p.m. that someone had spotted the suspects’ vehicle at the Target department store on East 20th Street.

Officers then responded to the area and found the suspect vehicle at Bed, Bath and Beyond, located on 2101 Dr. Marthin Luther King Jr. Pkwy, where authorities found Jihad Muhammad, 21, of San Francisco a 17-year-old girl from Oakland and a 10-month-old baby, officials said.

Inside the vehicle, police found the trunk full of items from several stores including Victoria’s Secret, BevMo, and JC Penny’s, according to Chico police.

Police say all the stolen items are worth more than $7,500 most of the items being small, but expensive items.

Apparently, Muhammad was not supposed to be near the female suspect, because a restraining order that prevents him from doing so, according to a record check by police, and both were arrested for the thefts.

The 10-month-old baby that was with the male and female suspect was turned over to Butte County Child Protective Services.

Then right as police had the investigation underway, officers were sent to another shoplifting incident at Chico Power Equipment on the Esplanade.

Employees at the store said a man tried to steal tools from them, and as soon as employees contacted the suspect, later identified as Daniel Shamblin, 35, of Oroville, he resisted arrested and tried to escape, according to police.

When authorities arrived at the store, Shamblin was taken into custody, and once an investigation took place, an officer found out that Shamblin entered Chico Power Equipment and picked out a cutoff saw and blade, ran out the store and awaited a vehicle.

Shamblin’s getaway car was being driven by a female, but sped away from the scene, officials said.

An investigating officer received the surveillance video from Chico Power Equipment and noticed that Shamblin’s act was probably a diversion because two other people inside the store waited for him to be chased out by police and they also grabbed some tools and ran in opposite directions, officials said.

But the two people were seen dropping those tools and running away from the scene.

The items taken from Chico Power Equipment totaled $3,079, and everything but a $250 blade was recovered at the scene.

Police did not comment if these two incidents were connected in any way. 

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