1 arrested for stealing $50k in Gucci merch, 4 more suspects on the run

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On October 5, five masked suspects were seen shoving past a Gucci store security guard at Valley Fair Mall and stealing around $50,000 worth of purses and merchandise. 

According to the San Jose Police Department, reserve officers working at the mall responded to the call of an organized retail theft in progress. 

SJPD said one of the suspects attacked an officer as they were being detained. 

With the assistance of mall security, the reserve officer took the suspect into custody. 

Police said the remaining four suspects fled the scene before additional police officers arrived. 

The suspect in custody is identified as Shawn Pruitt of Henderson, Nev., who has an active warrant out of his arrest. 

Pruitt was booked into Santa Clara County Mail Jail for robbery, organized retail theft, possession of burglary tools, assault on an officer, and his warrant.

Anyone with information on the remaining suspects is asked to contact Detective Mendoza #4395 of the San Jose Police Robbery Unit by calling (408)-277-4166 or emailing 4395@sanjoseca.gov.


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.