Unusual Suspect Busted For Shoplifting

Chloe Wright might have been hard to miss in a lineup.

By Martin Henderson

A Rancho Santa Margarita woman who allegedly shoplifted some perfume from Ulta Beauty wasn’t fast enough to escape Orange County Sheriff deputies on Monday.

With an OCSD helicopter overhead and deputies searching for her, Chloe Wright proved to be an elusive subject for about 35 minutes as police searched several shopping locations in an effort to find her. 

Looking for her red Thunderbird, and told by her husband that he thought she had gone to Rite Aid, deputies didn't find her at the drug store. Nor was she at Albertsons in Rancho Santa Margarita or Mission Viejo, according to the blotter of the Orange County Sheriff. However, deputies did find her car, and eventually her, as she was being run out of the Target Department store. 

Police services received the call at 3:43 p.m., and an employee of Ulta provided a description of Wright’s vehicle, which is how deputies were able to track her down, said Lt. Jeff Passalaqua.

But Wright, wearing a black beret and a camouflage jacket, also had some other distinguishing characteristics besides the car she was driving, according to Passalaqua.

She is 6 feet 2 inches tall. And 71 years old. 

This report was culled from the Orange County Sheriff's website. Not all facts in each report are made public; the outcome of the report and its actual facts may differ from the original blotter item. There should be no assumption of guilt based on this limited information. 

Joe H December 03, 2013 at 12:04 PM
Is there more to this story? While I get the whole no crime goes unpunished thing. They really deployed a helicopter to track down a shoplifter? It probably cost thousands.
Sharon Thompson December 03, 2013 at 12:10 PM
Something about this doesn't seem quite right. Were the police looking for her because her husband was worried? Does she perhaps suffer from a medical condition like dementia? What are all the real facts? Driving a red T-Bird around town makes her pretty darn conspicuous. Consider her age, her husband's cooperation and allow there is more to this than the public knows at this time. Please don't make it something it isn't.
Martin Henderson (Editor) December 03, 2013 at 08:40 PM
They had a suspected shoplifter from Ulta and the description of the vehicle. The helicopter, from my understanding, was in the area and utilized to provide bird's eye view, but had no role in actually finding the car. For some reason, based on the blotter item, they were able to speak to the husband who apparently directed them toward the Rite Aid.
Randy J. December 04, 2013 at 03:46 AM
Too bad we don't have this kind of response to the ongoing neighborhood break-ins.
mbrsm December 04, 2013 at 12:55 PM
@Randy J. What do you mean? They have way more resources on that. Did you not see the SWAT team at the house in Robinson? The town hall meeting? The unmarked vehicles in the neighborhoods?
B December 04, 2013 at 03:35 PM
Our police do a remarkable job, don't they, I think so! :)... Nice follow of the story...-Thank you God for each of our police officers covering the cost for each of you, us, to be free from fear and for the most-part, safe. :)
Joe H December 04, 2013 at 04:25 PM
Martin, thanks for the update based on the original article it sounded kind of like they called in the chopper. Sounded a bit overkill for a shoplifter.
Jay Drysdale December 10, 2013 at 02:59 PM
There's a shoplifter in RSM! Get to the Choppa!!


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