UPDATE 3:45 p.m. Friday, April 5, 2019 - The Chico Police Department has released updated information about this case.
According to authorities, two suspects were arrested in connection to the incident.
Around 10:10 a.m. on Friday, officers received a report of a theft that occurred at the CVS located on Forest Avenue and Humboldt Road in Chico.
A female suspect reportedly stole merchandise from the store and then got into a Honda sedan, driven by a male suspect.
The CVS employee gave officers the license plate for the vehicle, which officers discovered was reported stolen.
Around 10:24 a.m., the Honda was spotted turning onto East 20th Street from the parking lot of the Chico Mall. The driver then turned southbound onto Highway 99, where officers performed a traffic stop. Both suspects were taken into custody.
The male suspect was identified as Dakotah Oreiley, 24, of Oroville, and was arrested for vehicle theft. The female suspect was identified as Feather Funkhouser, 19, and was arrested for possession of stolen property.
During the investigation, officers recovered property which had been stolen from J.C. Penney.
CHICO, Calif. - Chico police officers arrested one suspected shoplifter after pulling them over in a stolen car on Highway 99.
The Chico Police Department said that it received reports of a suspected shoplifter at the J.C. Penny's at the Chico Mall around 11 a.m. on Friday.
When police arrived on scene, they ran the plates of the car that the suspect was using and found that it was reported stolen Friday morning.
The suspect began leaving the scene and the police followed the car in attempts to detain the suspect.
They initiated a traffic stop on southbound Highway 99, just past the Skyway exit.
There were two people in the car that are both suspects in the crime.
Police arrested a male suspect on charges of shoplifting and stealing the car. He was booked into Butte County Jail.
The female suspect is being questioned to determine whether she had a role in the crime.
NOTE: This article was updated to state that the officers performed a traffic stop to detain the suspects. They were not involved in a chase, as previously reported.
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