PICO RIVERA — Deputies jailed two women women Sunday on suspicion of scuffling with security while shoplifting, then leading sheriff’s deputies on a short chase.
Martha Almenar, 51, and Lisette Ochoa, 19, were booked on suspicion of robbery and evading police, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Jerry Cummings said. Their cities of residency were not available.
Employees of a pharmacy at Whittier Boulevard and Durfee Avenue flagged down a deputy about 6:30 p.m. to report to women had just struggled with a security guard after being caught trying to shoplift and fled in a car, the lieutenant said.
Deputies quickly caught up with the car and tried to pull it over, beginning a brief chase, Cummings said.
The car circled through the area before heading down a dead end street near Olympic Blvd. and Citrus Drive, he said. The car then came to a stop, and the women surrendered without further incident.