Suspects plead guilty to organized retail robbery ring in multiple California counties

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — With armed robberies and other retail thefts escalating in California, the state is focusing its efforts on tackling crime.

“To combat organized crime in California, state law in 2019 directed the California Highway Patrol as well as the DOJ to create a task force specifically to combat organized crime,” the deputy chief said. of the CHP, Steve Ramos.

State officials announced on Friday that they have arrested bandits involved in one of the state’s largest criminal networks.

“We have dismantled and prosecuted a statewide organized retail theft ring involving defendants who stole more than $1 million worth of jewelry from stores in nine California counties,” the attorney general said. the state, Rob Bonta.

Bonta says the ringleaders of the organized retail theft ring are finally off the streets and with the formation of a new multi-agency enforcement team to combat these crimes, others implicated in such illegal activities will also be brought to justice.

“We obtained felony guilty pleas for two of the ringleaders of this criminal enterprise and filed charges against two others,” Bonta said. “These charges and guilty pleas are the result of an investigation involving the CHP’s Organized Crime Task Force.”

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The task force, including the California Highway Police and other law enforcement agencies, found extensive evidence in this latest case.

“As a result of this investigation, law enforcement found evidence at the home of the defendants, including jewelry that linked them to retail thefts at multiple JCPenney and Sam’s Club stores, resulting in losses of over a million dollars for these companies,” Bonta said.

Since the formation of the task force, they have put a major dent in organized crime networks.

“We have — as an agency, as a task force — been involved in 1,031 separate investigations, resulting in 449 arrests,” Ramos said. “We also helped recover over $21 million worth of goods.”

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