Carlsbad police arrest suspected shoplifter

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CARLSBAD, Calif. – Two men were arrested hours after a busy shopping plaza was robbed Sunday afternoon in Carlsbad, police said.

Carlsbad police tracked down Leonard TRI, 27, and 36-year-old Jason Eisenheart following a robbery in the front of Marshall’s on the 1800 block of Marron Road at 2 p.m.

TRI allegedly stole a display item from the front of the Marshall’s Department store and was chased off the property by the store’s security team.

Witnesses told police the robber was carrying a gun and wearing a backpack.

Officers surrounded the North County plaza to look for the robber.

He was described as a white man in his 20s, about 5 feet 8 and 120 pounds, and was possibly wearing a black hat, a black or gray hooded sweatshirt and dark jeans.

Investigators found TRI, who matched the description of the robbery suspect, and took him into custody near the 900 block of Tamarack Avenue around 4:20 p.m., police said.

Eisenheart was arrested by police for allegedly being an accessory to the crime by assisting in TRI’s escape from the store, according to investigators.

TRI had a knife shaped to resemble a gun and was likely what witnesses saw, police said.

Shoppers in the area had a feeling something was wrong when they saw patrol cars in the area.

"There was a policeman on the bridge...and he had a rifle," said shopper Vicky Hellerud.

"I came in to the plaza and it was just full of cop cars. There were at least half a dozen cop cars, probably eight to ten with their lights on," said shopper Michael Haas.

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