Santa Barbara police said they caught three men accused of beating up a security guard after they were caught shoplifting.
Police said it happened at Sears in La Cumbra Plaza in Santa Barbara.
Investigators said the 17, 18 and 22-year-old men were all on probation.
They left on foot and were caught in a nearby neighborhood.
The evidence includes surveillance video from Sears.
The young men are suspected of taking shoes and other small items from the store.