Suspects who stole more than $50,000 worth of merchandise from Newport Beach mall may have been linked to crimes in LA

Newport Beach police say the four suspects arrested after allegedly robbing a Neiman Marcus store in the Fashion Island mall may have been involved in similar crimes in the Los Angeles area.

The four suspects – a man, a woman and two minors – were arrested Wednesday afternoon and booked on suspicion of theft, Newport Beach Police said.

The adult suspects were identified as Dominic Burrell, 20, of Lancaster, and Brionnah Riley, 20, of Palmdale. No information has been released about the juveniles.

The crime occurred at the Neiman Marcus store at the mall at 601 Newport Center Drive at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

Officers went to the location “on a report of six individuals who had stolen luxury handbags from the Chanel section of the store,” the police said in a statement.

“The group fled Fashion Island in two different vehicles, described as a red sedan and a white BMW,” police said. “Newport Beach police officers quickly located the white BMW and tried to stop the vehicle.”

The BMW driver drove on and led authorities on a chase.

“During the chase, the suspects threw away several of the stolen items along the chase route,” police said. “The Newport Beach Police Department has enlisted the help of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Air Unit and the California Highway Patrol.”

The BMW exited the 405 Freeway at Bolsa Avenue in Westminster, where the occupants got out and ran, but were quickly taken into custody.

“Newport Beach Department detectives are working to identify and locate the occupants of the red sedan, which is still excellent,” police said.

Officers found $58,000 worth of stolen property from the BMW and from the areas where items were discarded from the vehicle during the chase, police said.

“Evidence in the vehicle would link the group to similar crimes committed in the Los Angeles area,” police said.

Around 4:20 a.m. Wednesday, several suspects broke into a Chanel store in the Beverly Grove area of ​​Los Angeles by breaking through the storefront with a vehicle. As many as eight suspects in three vehicles drove off with unknown objects, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

The Newport Beach case has been submitted to the Orange County District Attorney’s office for filing.

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