Suspect in organized retail theft ring arrested, $715,000 in merchandise recovered

PITTSBURG — An organized retail theft task force with the California Highway Patrol recovered stolen merchandise worth $715,000 and arrested a person believed to be part of the ring, the agency announced Wednesday.

Investigators arrested the person at a Pittsburg residence and served search warrants at the residence and a storage facility. The CHP did not disclose the addresses of either place.

During the search of the residence, the CHP said investigators learned the 45-year-old suspect leased more than one storage unit at a nearby facility, and obtained search warrants to search them.

The suspect was arrested on suspicion organized retail theft and conspiracy, the CHP said.

According to the CHP, investigators found stolen merchandise from CVS, Target, Rite Aid, Safeway, Sunglass Hut, Macy’s, Total Wine and More, Luluemon and other undisclosed retailers. The merchandise was from throughout the state of California, and the CHP confirmed the value at $715,000.

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“The task force, in collaboration with the retail industry and our allied agency partners, is identifying these organized rings and making our communities safer,” CHP Golden Gate Division Chief Christ Costigan said in a statement.

The CHP urged retailers to report retail thefts at…/organized-retail-theft-program.