Rob Bonta : “Beauty Supply Store Robbery: 9 Thieves Steal $8M”

**Arrest Made in Multi-Million Dollar Beauty Store Theft Ring**

In a recent turn of events, the mastermind behind a sophisticated retail crime operation targeting beauty stores such as Ulta and Sephora across 21 counties, including San Joaquin County, has been apprehended. This elaborate scheme involved the illicit movement of a staggering $8 million worth of stolen beauty products.

**Criminal Enterprise Unraveled**

The accused orchestrator allegedly hired individuals to steal merchandise from Ulta Beauty stores and other retail establishments. These stolen cosmetic items were then sold at steep discounts on her Amazon storefront. The operation involved nine individuals in total, with three acting as illegal resellers, known as “fences,” and six as the perpetrators of the thefts. Shockingly, some of these crimes extended all the way to the East Coast.

**Years in the Making**

Authorities revealed that this criminal enterprise had been in operation for nearly a decade before law enforcement agencies, including the California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Attorney General Rob Bonta, and federal authorities, were able to make the arrests. The collaborative efforts of the CHP’s ongoing fight against retail crime played a crucial role in bringing the perpetrators to justice.

**Intensive Investigation and Results**

The California Department of Justice, CHP, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Ulta’s Loss Prevention Organized Retail Crime team, and Sephora Representatives all played a part in the investigation. Since the establishment of the Organized Retail Crime Task Force (ORCTF) in 2019, the CHP has conducted over 2,300 investigations, resulting in the arrest of more than 2,200 suspects and the recovery of over 761,000 stolen goods valued at $41.7 million.

**Joint Efforts Pay Off**

CHP Commissioner Sean Duryee emphasized the importance of collaboration between law enforcement agencies and retailers in combating organized retail crime. The successful outcome of this case highlights the effectiveness of joint efforts in tackling such criminal activities.

**Charges and Jurisdiction**

The charges brought forth by the California DOJ include Organized Retail Theft, Conspiracy, Receipt of Stolen Property, and multiple counts of Grand Theft. The thefts spanned across various counties in California, from Alameda to Yolo.

**Report Suspicious Activity**

If you witness any suspicious activity related to retail crime, do not intervene but instead, call 9-1-1 immediately. Members of the public and retailers can also report retail crime tips directly to the CHP through their website.

This incident serves as a reminder of the ongoing battle against organized retail crime and the importance of collaborative efforts in combating such illegal activities.

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