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Prescott police arrest suspected shoplifters after chase

Prescott police officers arrested three people suspected of shoplifting at Gateway Mall after one of them ran onto Highway 69 and tried to break into vehicles waiting at a traffic light.

Sears department store employees told officers that on Monday some shoplifting suspects fled in a vehicle while one ran on foot toward Highway 69.

Prescott police arrested Quentin Eugene Jackson, 50, of Prescott, after he tried to enter two vehicles on Highway 69 and allegedly threatened to kill a driver if he didn't drive him away from the area. Jackson had no weapon when he verbally threatened the driver, said Lt. Clayton Heath, Prescott police spokesman.

Soon afterward, officers stopped a silver Toyota 4-runner allegedly involved in the shoplifting as it traveled eastbound on Highway 69. Authorities arrested Walter Kenneth Benton, 54, of Phoenix, who drove the vehicle, and Debbie E. Resendez, 49, of Phoenix, who was a passenger.

Officers found $2,620 worth of stolen merchandise at a local motel, after they received more information, Heath said.

Prescott police booked all three suspects into the Camp Verde jail. Police charged Jackson with burglary, threatening and intimidation, shoplifting, possession of burglary tools and possession of stolen property. Police charged Benton and Resendez with facilitation and possession of stolen property.