2 arrested after cellphone theft, pursuit on I-5

SCV Sheriff Station deputies at the scene of a theft at the T-Mobile store on Magic Mountain Parkway. Signal photo by Michele Lutes.

A man and a woman were arrested on suspicion of grand theft after they allegedly stole more than half a dozen cellphones from a cellphone store in Valencia Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.

About 2:30 p.m., two people entered the T-Mobile store on Magic Mountain Parkway at McBean Parkway, in the River Oaks Plaza, and stole multiple phones, said Shirley Miller, spokeswoman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

The thieves were initially believed to be two men.

“This is being treated as a grand theft and not a robbery,” Miller said. “Because there was no use of force. They took some phones and were then seen getting into a black Cadillac Escalade.”

One deputy spotted a vehicle matching the description and pursued it for a few minutes along the northbound lanes of Interstate 5, heading toward Highway 126.

By 2:45 p.m., deputies received word that a vehicle matching the same description was seen traveling 100 mph near Templin Highway on I-5 north.

Deputies located the vehicle near a motel in Gorman and, as they began arriving at the location from the SCV, tracked the suspects to a Carl’s Jr. restaurant, Miller said.

“Deputies set up a containment after spotting the getaway car,” she said.

Deputies with the SCV Sheriff’s Summer Suppression Team joined in the containment of the restaurant.

“Two deputies with the Summer Suppression Team were the first to find the suspects in the (restaurant) restroom,” Miller said.

Seized during the arrest were seven phones believed stolen — five iPhone 8 phones and two Samsung phones, she said.

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