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2 suspects arrested in a series of Macy's burglaries in Ventura

A map indicates where Jesus Lopez, 24, and Hector Gutierrez, 21, of Oxnard were arrested in connection with a series of Macy's department store burglaries in Ventura Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. (Google maps)

November 7, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Two burglary suspects were arrested on suspicion of burglarizing a Macy's department store located in the Pacific View Mall in Ventura Tuesday.

Police identified the two suspects as Jesus Lopez, 24, and 21-year-old Hector Gutierrez.

Investigators say Lopez and Gutierrez fled the Macy's department located at 477 South Mills Road on foot around 7:30 p.m. with $2,500 worth of merchandise. Macy's loss prevention officers pursued them before losing sight of the suspects in the area near Dean Drive and Mills Road.

Responding police officers spotted Lopez and Gutierrez in the area of Main Street, east of Mills Road and detained them for further investigation.

During their investigation, officers learned that Lopez and Gutierrez had attempted to burglarize a Macy's department store located at 590 West Hillcrest Drive in The Oaks Mall on Nov. 4. According to loss prevention officers, the suspects had dropped $3,000 worth of stolen merchandise and ran from officers when approached. The suspects are also suspected of returning to The Oaks Mall on Nov. 5 and stealing $4,000 worth of merchandise.

The suspects are facing commercial burglary charges.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information related to these crimes is urged to contact the Ventura Police Department at (805) 339-4343.