La Mesa CA April 26 2012 Two men were arrested Tuesday in connection with what was described as an “armed shoplifting,” at Best Buy on Fletcher Parkway in La Mesa days before Thanksgiving in 2011.
La Mesa Police announced Wednesday that they arrested German Esquer, 19, and David J. Dickson, 24, both of San Diego. They have been booked into county jail on robbery charges.
It was not a great birthday gift for Dickson, who turned 24 on Tuesday.
Esquer was identified as a suspect in the case in March 2011. Dickson was identified as the second suspect on Wednesday, hours before being arrested.
On the date of the incident, the two men entered Best Buy and Esquer allegedly grabbed two laptop computers. The men then headed for the exit without paying for the merchandise. When confronted by a security guard, Esquer allegedly brandished a firearm to the guard, before the men ran out of the store.
From that point, the suspects crossed Fletcher Parkway and got into a two-door red Chevy Camaro, before fleeing the scene, according to police.
“They just walked out, very nonchalantly,” Sgt. Ted Fenn told La Mesa Patch in November. “They told [the store guard] to get out of the way.”
The robbery allegedly occurred while several customers were setting up tents outside the store in preparation for Best Buy’s Black Friday sale, three days away.
Esquer and Dickson area both in custody at San Diego Central Jail. Bail was set at $100,000 each. Arraignments are scheduled for both men on Friday, April 27