A retail theft crew was arrested for more than $300,000 worth of stolen goods in Southern California
Four members of a retail theft crew have been arrested for stealing more than $300,000 worth of items from stores throughout Southern California.
The thefts occurred between December 14, 2023 and January 7, 2024, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Retailers targeted include Home Depot, Lowe’s, Target and Walmart.
Three of the suspects were allegedly responsible for working together to steal merchandise while the fourth suspect ran a “fencing” operation located on East 94th Street in Littlerock.
A crime fence is an individual or company that intentionally purchases stolen goods and property and then sells them for a profit.
While serving search warrants, investigators discovered approximately $300,000 worth of stolen merchandise.
Photos of stolen items include a wide variety of hand and power tools, yard care equipment, generators, air conditioner compressors, clothing, athletic shoes, tool storage boxes and more. Two handguns — a 9mm and a .45 caliber — were also found at the scene.
Three defendants were arrested on charges of organized theft, retail theft and grand larceny. Additionally, two of these suspects were charged with being felons in possession of a firearm, and a fourth suspect was arrested for running a fencing operation.
Their identities were not revealed. All suspects are being held on $50,000 bail at the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station. The court hearing is scheduled for January 29.
The case is still under investigation. Anyone with additional information can contact LASD’s Organized Retail Theft Task Force at 562-946-7270 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.