Police arrested three Modesto men suspected of stealing more than $3,000 of property from a northwest Fresno Target store Thursday.
Officers responded to calls about a theft at the Target near the 6000 block of North Riverside Drive after loss prevention officers identified the suspects from a prior theft at another department store.
A Fresno police helicopter followed the suspects — Arthur Michel, 28, Lerme Lerma, 56, and Damian Reyes-Martinez, 18 — as they attempted to escape with the stolen items in an SUV. The vehicle headed south on Highway 99 and exited on Shaw Avenue, where officers made the arrests.
Officers found five Dyson brand vacuum cleaners, a 32-inch flat-screen TV and several small electronics inside the vehicle – all still in their original packaging.
The three suspects were booked into Fresno County Jail on burglary charges.