OXNARD, Calif. - Two Oxnard men accused of stealing merchandise from Fry's Electronics located at 1901 Ventura Boulevard in the City of Oxnard, are facing criminal charges.
Police said Nathan Saffa, 23, and Primitivo Pina, 24, entered Fry's on July 13, 2017. A store employee confronted the two men in the parking lot and asked them to return to the store believing they had stolen merchandise. At one point, one of the suspects brandished a handgun--later determined to be a BB air pistol.
The employee yelled for assistance and an armed retired Oxnard police officer heard the call for help. Authorities said Saffa and Pina saw the retired officer armed with a real gun approaching the scene and they decided to split up and run in different directions.
Pina was chased and eventually caught by the retired officer and store employee. Oxnard police took Pina into custody at Auto Center Drive and Rice Avenue.
Officers followed Saffa as he tried to evade police on his bicycle and was eventually caught near the intersection of Williams Drive and Socorro Way, according to the Oxnard Police Department.
Police said neither Pina nor Saffa had previous robbery arrests but both did have numerous larceny and drug-related arrests in the past.
Authorities added that since January 2017, there have been approximately 300 larceny cases a month with many of these cases going unsolved. The most common cases are shoplifts and thefts from cars.