Deputy disrupts mini out-of-town theft ring

Pile of stolen clothing seized during traffic stop. photo courtesy of the SCV Sheriff Station.

An astute patrol deputy ended up disrupting what appears to be a mini out-of-town theft ring Thursday night when he pulled over a vehicle and found hundreds of dollars’ worth of stolen clothing.

Three adult women and a girl were arrested Thursday on suspicion of grand theft thanks to the actions of the deputy, according to Shirley Miller, spokeswoman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, who posted the news on the sheriff’s social media.

“This evening, one of our sergeants pulled over a car on Carl Boyer Drive for vehicle code violations and to his surprise he found piles of brand new clothing with tags stuffed everywhere in the car,” Miller wrote on her post.

“It turned out that the driver and three vehicle occupants had allegedly been doing shoplifting sprees at stores in SCV,” she said.

“At just one department store in Valencia, they took over $1,500 worth of merchandise and then they hit other stores in Canyon Country, taking items without paying for them.

“The four females – three adults, one juvenile – from Bakersfield were arrested on charges of grand theft. One of the female adults is on probation for carjacking and had a warrant.”

They were transported and booked at the station.

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