Authorities apprehended three Bay Area residents for stealing over $16,000 worth of items from Victoria's Secret locations in San Diego County.
The California Highway Patrol said Shyonie Myshae Davis, 20; of San Francisco; Ahjanae Latania Anetta Woods, 21, of Antioch; and Wessaun Leetay Johnson, 18, of Antioch stole 329 items from two Victoria’s Secret locations. The trio is accused of taking part in an organized retail theft ring that targets California’s coast.
The CHP said they rented a car last Thursday and made their way south, eventually being spotted at the Mission Valley Mall, Plaza Bonita Mall, UTC mall, the Carlsbad Premium Outlets, and the Carlsbad Forum mall in the span of a few hours.
Investigators said the trio was observed making the thefts while they occurred.
Carlsbad police located the suspects’ car at a nearby mall after a “be on the lookout” notice was released, and were eventually pilled over on Interstate 5 and taken into custody.
According to CHP, the arrests come after an investigator from L Brands, which serves stores including Victoria’s Secret and Pink,
“identified an organized theft crew who repeatedly victimized their stores throughout the west coast” and reported the thefts to several law enforcement agencies.
The trio is alleged to have stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars of products across several states.
As of Monday, Davis and Johnson remain in county custody, and each is held on $25,000 bail. They are being charged with felony counts of organized retail theft of more than $950, conspiracy to commit a crime, second-degree burglary, receiving stolen property worth more than $950, and grand theft of property.
They are due in court in Vista on Wednesday afternoon.