Two men suspected of shoplifting cologne from a Sephora store in Novato were arrested in Santa Rosa on Tuesday afternoon, a Novato police sergeant said. Police responded around 4 p.m. to the Sephora store in the Vintage Oaks Shopping Center, where the manager showed them video of two men taking cologne off the shelves and placing it in bags they were carrying, Sgt. J. Dempsey said.
The suspects were gone before police arrived, but store staff sent an alert about the theft to other Sephora stores in the area, Demski said. Staff at the Sephora store in the Santa Rosa Plaza in Santa Rosa called later to report that the two suspects were currently in their store, Demski said. While no crime was observed in the Santa Rosa store, Santa Rosa police stopped a vehicle and detained the two shoplifting suspects and a third person, Demski said.
Novato police arrived and arrested Robert Dashawn Carson, 21, of Oakland, and Kelvin Dale Burton, 19, of San Francisco, Demski said. Burton and Carson were arrested on suspicion of burglary at 6:45 p.m. at West Third Street and U.S. Highway 101, according to the jail booking log. Burton also was arrested for evading an officer in disregard of public safety.
Burton was wanted on two outstanding felony arrest warrants in Contra Costa County, Demski said. Police also might seek a burglary complaint against a third person in the vehicle, a 57-year-old Antioch woman, Demski said. Inside the vehicle, Novato police found other property they believe was stolen, along with “booster bags,” handmade bags lined with aluminum foil to deter detection by store sensors, Demski said.
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