A Van Nuys woman and a Los Angeles man face charges for operating a $100,000 retail theft operation. According to police, the pair received merchandise stolen from a host of retailers across the country. A spokesperson for the Glendale Police Department characterized the situation as a “major fencing operation.”
The investigation began last month following a shoplifting incident at a local mall. Following leads, the police sought search warrants for an apartment in Van Nuys. During the search, officers located merchandise from Abercrombie & Fitch, Adidas, Calvin Klein, Champion, Gap, Hollister, Lululemon, Nike, Ralph Lauren Polo, Sunglass Hut, the Disney Store, Tommy Hilfiger, Ugg, Victoria’s Secret, and Zumiez.
Officers recovered nearly $40,000 in stolen sunglasses, some of which had been stolen in other states. Also among the stolen goods were designer handbags, backpacks and sports jerseys. They also located more than $50,000 in cash stashed in a bedroom. Loss prevention specialists from several retailers accompanied officers on the raid to identify their stores’ merchandise.
Both individuals face charges of receiving stolen merchandise. They could also face charges under the state’s new organized retail theft law. If convicted, they could face as much as three years in prison. If they also face organized retail theft charges, they could face a sentence of four years in prison.
Glendale theft lawyer
When you face accusations of stealing property, hire an experienced theft lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes theft cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.
A prosecutor can bring theft charges in a number of ways, depending upon the circumstances. You could face either misdemeanor or felony charges, and a conviction could send you to jail or prison. That’s why having an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side is essential.
Mr. Helfend is an aggressive, experienced defender and has provided exceptional counsel to thousands of Californians in his decades of practice. He knows what it takes to successfully defend his clients, and he doesn’t cut corners.
Mr. Helfend manages each case he takes personally. That means you’ll always work directly with him on your matter. He does not pass cases to junior attorneys, so you’ll always have the benefit of his experience.
Don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney and don’t assume that you have no options following an arrest. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County theft case.
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