Three people were taken into custody after a high-speed pursuit through the San Fernando Valley area ended near a Sherman Oaks shopping center Friday, authorities said.
Los Angeles Police Department officers were in pursuit of what appeared to be a black Lincoln sedan that was seen speeding through traffic, weaving in and out between cars and driving on the shoulder of the freeway, aerial video from Sky 5 showed.
The pursuit started in the Wilshire Division and at least one of the four people in the sedan was believed to be a member of an organized burglary crew of gang members from the Oakland and San Francisco areas, LAPD Capt. James Roberts said.
The crews have been burglarizing vehicles in the Hollywood, Wilshire and West L.A. areas for months, according to Roberts.
The car appeared to have sustained heavy damage while speeding on the northbound 405 Freeway before exiting the freeway and driving erratically through surface streets in Sherman Oaks.
“They drove wildly and recklessly,” Roberts said.
The suspect's vehicle entered the shopping center's parking structure and then LAPD vehicles followed into the area, video showed. “Officers went into tracking mode for the safety of the community,” Roberts said.
Officers were then seen with guns drawn, taking one person into custody at about 10:50 a.m. near the Sherman Oaks Galleria.
Three of the four people in the car were taken into custody as of 12 p.m. Friday, according to Roberts.
Police will be reviewing surveillance video to confirm whether those detained were the suspected burglars, LAPD Officer Greg Kraft told KTLA.
The sedan was found on the first floor of the parking lot and officers secured the area, according to Kraft.
Video showed LAPD vehicles closing off roadways near the shopping center.
Roberts said community members near the mall helped point officers to the suspects who parked in the parking structure and tried to walk out.
Police believe one female and three male passengers were in the car.
A large percentage of 230 burglaries from vehicles reported in the Wilshire area last summer were connected to the Oakland gang members who usually came to Los Angeles on weekends, according to the captain.
“My message to anybody from the Oakland area that wants to come to Los Angeles to do burglary from vehicles, is we are onto you we are aware of you and you will be arrested if you come here,” Roberts said.