IRVINE — Police on Thursday chased and arrested five men who they said had cased a United Parcel Service truck and stolen two computers while the driver was making a delivery.
The UPS driver had noticed a blue van following him as he made pickups and deliveries in the Irvine Spectrum area about 4:30 p.m., police said.
When the driver went inside a business, the lock on his truck was broken and two boxes containing computers that the driver had just picked up from Advanced Logic Research were taken.
A passerby interrupted the theft, scuffled with the thieves and alerted the driver, police said.
A caller to police reported seeing the blue van leave the area of Morgan and Hughes streets at 4:38 p.m. Eight minutes later, an Irvine police unit saw the van going north on the Santa Ana Freeway near Jamboree Road.