Deputies Searching For Westfield Mall Burglars

Deputies are searching for burglary suspects inside of Dillard’s at Brandon Westfield Mall, according to police.

At approximately 12:11 p.m. today, Manatee County Sheriff’s Office notified HCSO that they were pursuing burglary suspects northbound on Interstate 75.

At approximately 12:26 p.m. the suspect vehicle was attempting to exit Interstate 75 at Highway 60 when they failed to negotiate the exit ramp and slid off the roadway. The three suspects, all described as black males, bailed from the vehicle and fled on foot. The suspects then entered the Dillard’s department store.

HCSO has locked down Dillard’s and evacuated all of the store employees. At this time, HCSO has 2 individuals in custody and are doing a search of the store looking for the other suspect.

Update: A suspect has been found in the luggage section of the Dillard’s.