KENNEWICK, WA - A theft arrest was made by Kennewick Police in the parking lot near the Columbia Center Mall Monday night, ending in a chase with a female suspect in custody and a male assistant to the theft also behind bars.
Officers responded to a woman who was sitting in her car in the parking lot of the mall when a man approached the passenger side of the car. The man asked for a cigarette, but the woman in the vehicle said she couldn't because she didn't smoke. In response to her reply, the man reached into the car and took the victim's purse from the passenger seat.
The man ran to a waiting car where the woman suspect, Victoria Cruz, picked him up and left the scene. The woman victim followed the two to Gage and Pittsburg, where Cruz ran into the victim. Then the suspects both ran away on foot.
Cruz was arrested near Buffalo Wild Wings. She refused to identify the male suspect and was booked into the Benton County Jail for theft and hit and run. The victim was not injured.
If you have any information contact Kennewick Police.