COLUMBIA, Md. (WMAR) -
Police have arrested and charged three Washington, D.C. men in connection with a theft and assault at Sears at the Mall in Columbia.
On Wednesday, police were dispatched to the mall for reports of a theft. A witness called 911 and told police that three suspects assaulted a salesperson in Sears and stole two tablet computers.
The witness also told police that the suspects were driving a 2003 Dodge Caravan, which they were following.
During the course of the investigation it was determined that three men approached a sales clerk and asked to see an item in the display case of electronics. When the clerk opened the case, one of the men shoved the clerk while another took two tablet computers.
All three ran out of the store and into the Caravan.
The Caravan was found in the 9900 block of Washington Boulevard in North Laurel and failed to stop for police. As the suspects attempted to flee, the Caravan collided with another vehicle and the suspects were apprehended after a brief foot pursuit.
There were no injures reported, and the Caravan was found to be stolen from Montgomery County.
Now Jeffrey Clinton Taylor, 18, Richard Randolph Richardson, 20 and Eric Charles Bacon, 22, now face charges of robbery, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, second degree assault and theft.
Each of the men are being held on a $250,000 bail.