California Police Crack Down on Fencing Operation, Recover $218K in Goods

A collaborative operation involving officers from both the California Highway Patrol and the Los Angeles Police Department has resulted in the apprehension of ten individuals suspected of running a fencing operation.

Fencing, the illegal practice of reselling stolen goods, was the focal point of this investigation, which was initiated by the California Highway Patrol. The authorities became aware of this criminal enterprise peddling stolen merchandise at local swap meets.

To conceal their illicit activities, the suspects were employing a box truck and tents located in the backyard of a private residence.

The stolen items were traced back to pharmacies and supermarkets such as CVS, Ralph’s, Rite Aid, and Walgreens. Furthermore, investigators stumbled upon pilfered goods from online retail giant Amazon and lingerie retailer Victoria’s Secret.

The total value of the recovered stolen merchandise amounted to a staggering $218,379.69, comprising 8,844 individual items. In addition to the confiscated items, law enforcement also seized $44,836 in cash.

The operation resulted in the arrest of seven men and three women, all hailing from Compton, California.

Individuals possessing information pertinent to this case are urged to contact the CHP Southern Division ORCTF at 323-644-9550.

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