SAN DIEGO — Authorities have arrested three people suspected of stealing more than $16,000 worth of merchandise from Victoria’s Secret stores in San Diego County as part of an alleged retail organized theft ring.
The three Bay Area residents rented a car Thursday night and headed south to National City, the California Highway Patrol Border Division said in a news release. The suspects were spotted at Mission Valley Mall, Plaza Bonita Mall, UTC Mall, Carlsbad Premium Outlets and Carlsbad Forum Mall within hours, according to CHP. The suspects were seen stealing from two Victoria’s Secret stores and got away with 329 items worth more than $16,000 during those thefts, CHP said.
A San Diego County-wide “Be-on-the-Lookout” alert was broadcast, and shortly thereafter, Carlsbad police officers located the suspect vehicle near a mall in the North County city. Officers stopped the vehicle on Interstate 5 and found all of the stolen goods inside, CHP said.
Officers then arrested Shyonie Myshae Davis, 20, of San Francisco, Ahjanae Latania, Anetta Woods, 21, of Antioch, and Wessaun Leetay Johnson, 18, of Antioch. They were sent to the San Diego County Jail on suspicion of organized retail crime.
The arrests come after an investigator from L Brands, which serves stores including Victoria’s Secret and Pink, “identified an organized theft organization that has repeatedly harassed its stores across the West Coast” and reported the thefts to multiple law enforcement agencies, the CHP said. The ring is suspected of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of products in several states.
Anyone with information about organized theft in retail was encouraged to do so report it to CHP.
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