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Men roam mall parking lot, stealing seats out of cars, police allege

March 10, 2011 |  8:28 am

Costa Mesa police are looking for anyone who may have seen two men stealing seats from cars during an alleged crime spree in the parking lot of the Metro Pointe mall.

Just after 2 p.m. Tuesday, police arrested two men who allegedly drove around the shopping center's parking lot stealing third-row seats from SUVs.

"A lot of them are after-market items," said Lt. Paul Dondero. "They steal these things right and left. It comes in spurts. You see this all across the country."

Police said the men were seen by Metro Pointe security taking something out of an SUV and then driving around through the parking lot. Security alerted police, who blocked all the exits.

Read more: "Police arrest car seat theft suspects."

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