PURSUIT NABS ALLEGED LAKESIDE RITE AID THIEVES

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East County News Service

May 17, 2015 (Lakeside) – Lakeside resident Shermal Taha, 23, and Nicole Gonzales, 27 of Spokane, Washington have been arrested and booked on commercial burglary, conspiracy and felony evading of arrest.

On May 14th at 1:28 a.m., Deputies responded to a burglary alarm at the Rite Aid at 9532 Winter Gardens Blvd. in Lakeside.  Upon arrival, Deputy Mascarenas saw a man walk out the back door and get into a silver Mitsubishi SUV.

“Upon seeing the deputies, the vehicle fled and turned back onto Winter Gardens Blvd.,” said Sergeant Tim Chantler, who was with Deputy Mascarenas at the incident.  Deputy Mascarenas initiated a traffic stop, but the suspects fled at a high rate of speed southbound on Winter Gardens with deputies in pursuit.

According to Sgt. Chantler, the chase continued for about 10 minutes through Lakeside, El Cajon and Rancho San Diego. The Sheriff’s ASTREA helicopter and a K-9 dog unit from the Rancho San Diego station responded and assisted in the pursuit.

The vehicle finally yielded at Jamacha Road and Vista Del Valley, where the suspects were taken into custody.  A search of the vehicle and follow-up investigation by Deputy Eric Garcia found that the suspects had broken into the back door of Rite-Aid and stole 13 bottles of Crown Royal as well as five cartons of cigarettes from the store, according to Sgt. Chantler.