RIVERSIDE, Calif. — It’s the most wonderful time of the year -- but not for car thieves.
One man stole the Honda and got away. The vehicle was later found abandoned near the shopping center, The Sacramento Bee reported.
The other two men were not as fortunate, although they tried to flee.
One of the men was identified and later released, police said. The third man was arrested for possession of illegal drugs and resisting arrest.
Several more apparent shoplifters were arrested by police during the undercover operation, dubbed “Santa’s Intervention,” KABC reported.
Detectives conducted video surveillance at the Target store, located in the Riverside shopping center, KABC reported.
Among the people included was Patrick Seilsopour, 55, of Murrieta, who was accused of stealing Lego sets totaling $1,000, Riverside police wrote on Facebook.
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