LA Sheriff arrests 2 in USPS plastics thefts

lasd_patch_1From the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department:

In the evening hours of Wednesday, January 16, 2013, members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Industrial Plastic Theft Task Force, out of Industry Sheriff’s Station, located stolen trademark plastic products at a warehouse in the 9300 block of 7th Street, Rancho Cucamonga. The plastic products, which belong to the U.S. Postal Service, have a value estimated in excess of $24,000.

There, the stolen trademarked plastic products were being stowed, ground to make them untraceable and eventually primed to be sold.

The discovery was made by Task Force members as a result of a lengthy follow up investigation related to the theft of trademarked plastics products.

Two male adults were arrested and charged with possession of known stolen property, 496 PC. They were booked at San Bernardino-West Valley Detention Center.

One was a resident of the City of Rancho Cucamonga and the other of the City of Montclair. A third male, who was identified as the mastermind of the operation, was identified, but is yet to be arrested.

An attorney representing him has made contact with the Task Force members and pledged to turn his client in as soon as tomorrow.

Additional suspects may be involved in this illicit operation, thus making this investigation on-going.

Earlier this month, Task Force members identified and shut down two other illicit operations, one in the City of South El Monte and the other in the City of Lynwood. Both locations were utilized to stow, grind and prime for sale stolen trademarked plastic products.

Nine suspects were taken into custody and charged with possession of known stolen property.