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Two Arrested Involving Organized Retail Crime Ring

Approximately $100,000.00 in Merchandise Recovered

Post Date:03/22/2019 11:27 AM

Tahnee Lightfoot, Media Contact
818-548-3140 (office) 
818-967-7088 (cell) 
tlightfoot@glendaleca.gov

Glendale, CA: - On March 13, 2019, the Glendale Police Department arrested two suspects involved in an organized retail theft ring.

In February 2019, the Glendale Police Department Downtown Policing Unit conducted an investigation relating to a shoplifting case at The American at Brand. As a result of the extensive investigation, officers identified Carlos Rivera of Los Angeles and Monica Paredes of Van Nuys, as suspects responsible for running a major fencing operation.

On March 13, 2019 at 7:10 a.m., Glendale officers served a search warrant at Monica Paredes apartment located in the 15000 block of Sherman Way in the City of Van Nuys. A search of the apartment revealed over $100,000.00 worth of stolen merchandise from the following stores: Lululemon, Victoria Secret, Zumiez, Abercrombie and Fitch, Ralph Lauren-Polo, Hollister, The Disney Store, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Ugg, Nike, Adidas, Champion and Sunglass Hut.

Officers recovered over 400 sunglasses in display cases and individual cases valued at approximately $37,000.00. Representatives from the Sunglass Hut identified $7,000.00 worth of merchandise that was traced to thefts from Utah, Ohio and California.  In addition, officers recovered high end designer hand bags, 100 Jujube Tokidoki backpacks and 64 Mitchell and Ness Sports Jerseys valued at $22,620.00. There are additional recovered items from stores that have still not been identified.

Officers also located $40,000.00 in cash hidden in a bedroom behind a child’s crib, totaling $51,480.00 recovered during the search warrant.

Glendale officers collaborated with loss prevention management from many retailers during the investigation. Representatives from Victoria Secret, Lululemon, Abercrombie and Fitch, Gap and the Sunglass Hut were present during the search warrant to assist with identifying merchandise.

Parades and Rivera were taken into custody at the time of the search warrant and booked for Receiving Stolen Property (496(a) PC - Felony).

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call the Glendale Police Department at 818-548-4911.

The case remains under investigation by the Glendale Police Department.

Carlos Rivera DOB: 9/9/86 

Carlos Rivera

Monica Paredes DOB: 10/8/76

Monica Paredes

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