Here's how the police describe the incident from January 4. It's more colorful than a journalist can pull off:
OK Santa Cruz…Since you all did so well with the Safeway robbery suspect, we are moving you into the next round!! You all are getting good at this and at this pace…we might have to consider deputizing everyone!
She entered Lenz Arts on River Street and asked for a bag. The kind employees accommodated the request. The suspect proceeded to go into the bathroom and change clothes (Don’t ask…just understand that sometimes our crooks do weird stuff).
As she wandered around the store, alert employees noticed the bag she was carrying was getting full. The suspect tried to leave without paying for the art supplies that found their way into her overflowing bag. Alert store employees confronted her. Employees tried to get their bag back, and that’s when the suspect started hitting.
The bag ripped spilling some of the items. The employees recovered some of the items, but the suspect was able to make off with many more art supplies. She was last seen running through the ProBuild parking lot.
We were able to obtain some images from the video, and with your help, we’d like to identify and arrest her.
- It’s not cool to steal things
- It’s really not cool to assault store employees
Our suspect was described as a Caucasian female in her twenties, approx. 5 feet 6 inches and 120 lbs. As you can see, she had her hair pulled back with a headband.
If you recognize our suspect, please contact Officer Carly Cross, or our investigations unit at (831) 420-5820. You can also leave a tip via our Website or smartphone app. You can also text a tip via an SMS text. Simply text “TIPSCPD" and your message to 274637 (CRIMES).