SPRING VALLEY (CNS) - A parolee and his female accomplice allegedly stole a large amount of jewelry from a Sears department store in Spring Valley, and then tried to run from security guards and deputies, the Sheriff's Department said today.
Security officers at the Sears at 931 Sweetwater Road were able to detain Jennifer Vargas, 29, but could not corral Daniel Lopez, 38, as he fled the from the scene shortly after 8 p.m. Friday, said San Diego sheriff's Lt. Marco Garmo.
The security officers were able to flag down some sheriff's deputies, who began to chase Lopez on foot, Garmo said.
At one point during the foot chase, Lopez tried to break into a minivan, but was thrown out by the vehicle's occupants, said sheriff's Sgt. Chris Davis.
When that proved to be unsuccessful, Lopez ran across the state Route 125, where authorities closed a portion of the freeway for a short time to allow a sheriff's helicopter, a San Diego police dog unit and the California Highway Patrol to search for Lopez.
Lopez scrambled through some yards in the 1200 block of Elkelton Boulevard, where a sheriff's helicopter crew pinpointed him hiding in some bushes. Deputies took him into custody about 8:40 p.m. Friday, Garmo said.
Lopez was booked into the San Diego Central Jail on suspicion of carjacking, resisting arrest, under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of hypodermic needles. Lopez also had an active warrant for his arrest for parole violation.
Vargas was booked into the Las Colinas Detention facility on suspicion of commercial burglary and two felony warrants.
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