Two men from New York suspected in a string of thefts at Abercrombie and Fitch in Braintree and Peabody tried to get away from police at the South Shore Plaza earlier this week by driving at officers blocking their path.
Christian Arroyos, 24, of Corona, NY and Celso Aragon-Mina, 30, of Queens, NY were arrested and charged with various crimes after the confrontation on Monday afternoon, Oct. 8, Deputy Chief Russell Jenkins said in a statement.
Police took the men into custody at the Plaza after they committed a larceny at the Peabody Abercrombie and Fitch, Jenkins said, an "unusual pattern" that was detected by loss prevention officers.
"This same pattern of Peabody to Braintree occurred twice in September and resulted in a total loss from both stores of just under $11,000," Jenkins said.
When loss prevention in Braintree approached Arroyos on Monday, he fled in an Acura. Police tried to block him with their vehicle, but he accelerated and they were forced to swerve to avoid a crash, Jenkins said.
Aragon-Mina was arrested after a foot chase across to Forbes Road. Inside the Acura, officer found 20 bottles of cologne worth more than $1,000, likely from the Peabody store, Jenkins said.
Both men were charged with receiving stolen property over $250. Aragon-Mina was also charged with resisting arrest and Arroyos was charged with two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (a motor vehicle on the two officers), failure to stop, operating to endanger and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration.
More charges may be filed against the two men for the past larcenies in Braintree and Peabody.