Deputies in Lancaster arrested 12 people on allegations ranging from public drunkenness to robbery in an effort to reduce crime in and around shopping centers.
The arrests were made near the Walmart at 44665 Valley Central Way at about 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sgt. Theresa Dawson said.
Ten people were booked on suspicion of felonies, and three were booked for misdemeanors.
The arrests were made as part of a random undercover shoplifting sting the sheriff’s department conducts periodically in the city. One goal is to reduce the level of such activities that happen in retail establishments, and the operations are conducted with the cooperation of the retailers.
Eight adults and one juvenile were booked on suspicion of commercial burglary. Another adult was booked on suspicion of robbery while two additional adults were booked on suspicion of drinking in public.
Finally, a 17-year-old juvenile was booked on suspicion of petty theft.