WRENTHAM, Mass. (WPRI) — Police have arrested three suspects in an alleged crime ring targeting retail stores in Wrentham over the weekend.
Wrentham police said two women and a man from New Haven, Conn., were arrested Saturday night after police found them huddling together under a deck.
Officers had been conducting surveillance at the Wrentham Village Premium Outlets when they saw the suspects enter their car around 7:30 p.m. and drive toward the exit, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page.
An officer in a Wrentham police cruiser with flashing lights and siren activated tried to block the car. Instead, the driver swerved around the cruiser and out onto Rt. 1A toward Plainville.
Officers broke off the pursuit in the interest of safety. Police said the car’s occupants started to throw bags of merchandise out of the windows, and police stopped to retrieve them.
Plainville police contacted Wrentham moments later, saying the car had just crashed in the town center, knocking down a traffic signal and hitting a building. The car’s occupants jumped out of the car and ran behind a nearby church, where police from both towns swiftly found them.
Maria Denise Perez, 29, Erika Lorenzana, 40, and Hector Bauza-Mercado, 40, are now charged with shoplifting, receiving stolen property, possession of a magnet device to defeat inventory control, possession of a “booster bag,” and trespassing.
Lorenzana, who was allegedly driving, is also charged with failure to stop for police, operating to endanger, and operating without a license.