Police said the helicopter guided patrol cars to the suspect's vehicle, but when they tried to pull over the car, the suspects fled. Police on the ground pulled back while the helicopter followed the suspects as they attempted to escape, heading south on Freeway 99. The suspects got off the freeway at Shaw Avenue and police were able to converged on the suspects near Barcus and Shaw.
The suspects were identified as 28-year-old Arthur Michel of Modesto, 56-year-old Lerme Lerma of Modesto, and 18-year-old Damian Reyes-Martinez of Modesto. Five Dyson brand vacuum cleaners, a 32 inch flat screen television, and several small electronics were recovered from the vehicle. All of the items were still in the original packaging with store sensors attached to them.
Police said the suspects have been tied to a previous theft at another department store. All three suspects were booked into the Fresno County Jail on burglary charges.