WEST SACRAMENTO – On December 31, 2021, the West Sacramento Police Department announced the arrests of three people following an investigation into organized retail theft. Early in the month of December, officers responded to a theft and robbery at a Home Depot store. Investigators quickly determined that the suspects were responsible for a number of thefts throughout the region at stores including Home Depot, Lowe’s, Safeway, Raley’s/Bel Air, Rite Aid and CVS.
West Sacramento police investigators began surveillance and observed these subjects enter three major retail stores, in Sacramento stealing almost $700 in one stop. Detectives contacted the suspects as they were loading stolen merchandise into their vehicle. Coordinating with the asset protection professionals at these stores, detectives determined a total of no less than 20 individual thefts and losses valued over $6,000.00. All three were arrested and taken to Yolo County Jail for organized retail theft and robbery.
In the last week of December, detectives served a Yolo County search warrant at a known fence location for the stolen property in their investigation. The search located 678 bottles of alcohol and 406 bottles of over-the-counter liquid cold medication, along with numerous other over the counter medications. Broken security caps were also located with store price tags. West Sacramento police contacted California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC)agents requesting their response to the location to address any potential liquor law violations and assist with evidence collection.
“Thank you to the police officers and ABC agents who are investigating this case,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona. “These thefts put a burden on businesses as well as consumers. ABC agents and local law enforcement officers work together on various investigations including ones such as this.”