5 arrested near Truckee after iPhone thefts, high-speed chase (w/ mugshots)
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Four male adults and a 17-year-old male juvenile were arrested in Truckee Tuesday night after they allegedly stole electronic devices from an Apple store in Reno and led authorities on a high-speed chase.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the males entered the store in South Reno at the Summit Sierra Mall shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday and “proceeded to steal numerous electronic devices” (most of which were iPhones) before fleeing in a gray Acura.
According to a source who was in the Apple store at the time of the incident, no one was hurt during the altercation, and the suspects did not appear to be armed.
The Reno Police Department was unable to catch the fleeing vehicle during a high-speed pursuit, and officers discontinued the chase after reaching Interstate 80 near the California/Nevada state line, according to CHP.
Traffic there was slowed by an earlier big rig accident that had shut down westbound lanes for hours.
Truckee CHP units positioned themselves at the state Agricultural Inspection Station, and after a short pursuit and the use of spike strips, authorities stopped the vehicle.
All five suspects were arrested and booked into Nevada County Jail during the early morning hours Wednesday on suspicion of felony charges of criminal conspiracy and obstruction.
The driver — Jovar Joseph Minor, 23, of Reno — faces an additional felony charge of evading police. His bail is set at $250,000.
The other three adult suspects are each jailed on $100,000 bail: Robert Lee Johnson, 19, of Oakland; Kinte Lavour Lyles, 19, of Oakland; and Anthony Ray Scott, 23, of Oakland.
CHP-Truckee Public Information Officer Pete Mann told the Sierra Sun Wednesday morning that Scott provided authorities and the jail with a false ID, saying he was “Antwan Williams.” Scott will likely face an additional charge of providing false ID to authorities, Mann said.
It’s unclear the specific charges the juvenile faces.
“A coordinated effort between the departments is being conducted to charge the suspects with the appropriate crimes,” according to CHP.