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Redlands Police Department
Thursday March 17th, 2011 :: 12:30 p.m. PDT


RPD Air Support Unit credited for arrest of theft suspects

The Redlands Police Department’s Air Support Unit was instrumental in the arrest of two suspects following a shoplifting in Citrus Plaza Wednesday. Police received a call shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, from Kohl’s department store in the 27000 block of West Lugonia Ave. that a loss prevention officer was chasing a shoplifting suspect across the shopping center parking lot.

There were no police units available in the area, but as the store employee lost sight of the suspect, the Redlands Police Department’s Air Support Unit, a Cessna 172, designated as Air 10 arrived overhead and located the suspect. Air 10 kept observation on the suspect and a white Acura 2-door that was approaching as police units responded. Officers arrived just as the suspect got into the vehicle. Police stopped the vehicle at gunpoint at Alabama Street near the on ramp to Interstate 210. Police located additional stolen property in the vehicle. Arrested was Alfredo Sanchez Cedano, 43, and his 20-year-old son, Alfredo Sanchez, the driver of the vehicle. Police Chief Jim Bueermann credited the Air Support Unit for the arrest of the suspect.

"No officers were available at the time we received this call,” Bueermann said. “Without the plane, we would not have apprehended the suspect. This is yet another example of the invaluable nature of our volunteer-based air support unit."

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Redlands Police Dispatch at (909) 798-7681. Anonymous tips can be provided by texting 274637 using the keyword “REDTIP.” Redlands Police press releases and other information are available on the Redlands Police Department Facebook page at or on the Department website at

Redlands Police Department
30 Cajon St
Redlands, CA 92373

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 909-798-7681

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