Theft suspect still on the looseBy: Rachel Zirin, Senior Reporter
Initially reported as a theft in progress from Kohl’s, at 9:27 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, the Folsom Police Department was led on a short pursuit resulting in no arrest, said Folsom Police Department Detective Donald Rowberry.
Kohl’s Loss Prevention Officers attempted to make contact with a suspect in the parking lot who was believed to have stolen something, and upon the arrival of Folsom police officers, the suspect fled the scene in a vehicle.
Rowberry said the suspect got out of his vehicle on Diggins Drive and fled on foot.
After, officers set up a perimeter to keep the suspect from getting away, he said.
“When someone runs like that, we set a perimeter to keep them in the area so a K9 or a helicopter can find them,” Rowberry said.
Rowberry said a possible suspect was detained, but later released, as they were not the suspect officers were looking for.
He said the officer in the helicopter did not see any body heat in the perimeter with a thermal sensor, and they believe he got away before the perimeter was up.
“It’s not clear if anything was taken this time, but the suspect was contacted due to being known for prior thefts,” Rowberry said.
Later, officers identified the suspect’s vehicle was reported stolen out of Rocklin.
Rowberry said officers are still working on trying to identify the suspect.
No further information has been released at this time.