Brea Mall Robbery Prompts Police Pursuit That Ends in Santa Ana

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A pursuit ended in Santa Ana on Oct. 23, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

Police pursued a fleeing vehicle on surface streets to a home in Santa Ana in connection with a purse robbery that occurred in Brea on Thursday afternoon.

The robbery occurred at the Brea Mall, where a man stole a purse from a woman at the Macy’s at about 1:40 p.m., according to a Lt. Derrin Deveroux with the Brea Police Department.

As the thief tried to leave, he got into a fight with a loss-prevention officer, and then escaped, Deveroux said.

The man later returned to the mall to pick up a woman he had dropped off there; at that time, he was spotted by officers and a chase began, Deveroux said.

The pursuit was transferred from Brea police undercover units to Placentia police, a Placentia Police Department lieutenant said. Other agencies became involved as well.

The pursuit ended in the 1800 block of West Myrtle Street in Santa Ana (map), where multiple police cars swarmed a home, aerial video showed. A black convertible BMW was stopped in the home’s driveway.

It was not immediately clear if anyone had been taken into custody.

KTLA’s Nidia Becerra Tijerino contributed to this article.

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