Suspected package thief in custody after chase, hiding in movie theater

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A package theft suspect who led police on a chase and then ran into a movie theater in South Gate was taken into custody after spending more than an hour inside the theater.

The dark-colored Ford Fusion sped along the Long Beach (710) and Santa Ana (5) freeways and streets in
East Los Angeles, Montebello, Commerce and Bell Gardens.

The suspect drove the Ford to a parking structure at the El Paseo Shopping Center in South Gate about 7:50 p.m. and ran into the Edwards South Gate Stadium 20 & IMAX at 8630 Garfield Ave., which was quickly surrounded by officers.

The suspect was taken into custody about 9 p.m., when officers could be seen leading the handcuffed man out of the theater, where "The Circle'' was playing.

The theft took place in Arcadia.

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