SAN DIEGO U.S.—United Sates authority announced on Wednesday, September 6, 2017, the arrest of 12 alleged members of a shoplifting ring based in San Diego during their searches in three houses here. The said ring allegedly stole more than $20 million in goods from popular clothing stores across the country and was sold in Mexico.

The ring targeted stores such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Banana Republic and Victoria’s Secret at malls from Schaumburg, Ill., to Las Vegas and San Diego according to an indictment made public by the authorities.

Federal officials have charged the 12 apprehended and three other which are now under custody. U.S and Mexican authorities are now on the search for the seven others who are now at large.

Authorities seized $30,000 in cash and a dozen of trash bags full of branded clothing during the said operations. Some of which still had security devices attached to it. The items were from Victoria’s Secret, Hollister Co., Guess, Express and Abercrombie & Fitch. Also found were brands ranging from Calvin Klein, Hurley and Armani to Adidas, Kenneth Cole and Puma.

Piles of Louis Vuitton shoes and bags of discarded security sensors were also found during the same searches.

According to investigators, the ring has been operating since 2005 whose members from the U.S. recruited more from Mexico to help on their operations.

 

Source: CNBC, Chicago Tribune

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