Police: Wrentham Outlets Shoplifting Suspects Crash While Fleeing Officers

Three alleged members of a shoplifting ring were arrested Saturday after they crashed their car while trying to flee from from officers, according to police in Massachusetts.

Wrentham police say they were conducting surveillance on three suspects at the Wrentham Outlets. Around 7:30 p.m., police tried to stop the suspects' Honda Accord as it began to leave the shopping center. Police say they took off down Route 1A toward Plainville.

Police say they stopped chasing the suspects for safety reasons and stopped to pick up bags of merchandise they had thrown out of the car.

Shortly after, police in Plainville reported that the suspects had crashed into a building in that town's center, taking down a traffic signal in the crash. The three people in the car fled on foot, according to police.

After Wrentham police arrived, an officer found the three suspects huddled under a deck. Police arrested 29-year-old Maria Denise Perez, 40-year-old Erika Lorenzana and 40-year-old Hector Bauza-Mercado, all residents of New Haven, Connecticut.

The suspects were expected to be arraigned Monday at Wrentham District Court on charges of shoplifting, receiving stolen property, trespassing, possession of a booster bag and possession of a magnet device to defeat inventory control. Lorenzana was also charged with driving to endanger, driving without a license and failure to stop for police. It was not immediately clear if they have attorneys.

Motor vehicle offense charges were likely to be filed in Plainville, as well, Wrentham police said.

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