Police arrest suspect in Vacaville shoplifting spree

By From page A5 | March 21, 2014

VACAVILLE — Police recovered more than $8,000 in stolen merchandise and arrested an Oakland man for allegedly going on a shoplifting spree.

Police at 5 p.m. Wednesday received a report that a man was concealing merchandise in shopping bags at Sports Authority located at 1071 Helen Power Drive. As they came to the scene, the man left the store without paying for the items and drove off in a dark-colored sedan, a police press release said.

Officers found a man in a dark-color sedan at 1020 Helen Power Drive, changing his clothes. They made contact with the man. Police said witnesses identified him as the man responsible for the theft at Sports Authority.

Stolen merchandise in the sedan came from Sports Authority and 10 different Vacaville Premium Outlet stores, police said. Other recovered merchandise came from 10 stores outside the area. The estimated value is $8,375, the press release said. The suspect had two altered shopping bags designed to defeat electronic alarm sensors, it said.

Police arrested Christopher Cooper, 30, of Oakland, for allegedly committing burglary, possessing stolen property and possessing burglary tools, the press release said. Cooper got booked into Solano County Jail with a bail of $23,000.

Anyone with information on this case can call Vacaville Police Officer Rod Neal at 449-5200.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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