Tijuana shoplifting ring hit U.S. malls for $20 million in luxury goods, authorities say
LOS ANGELES TIMES – Kristina Davis
“For at least the past decade, Tijuana vendors put in special orders for designer merchandise, dispatching teams of shoplifters to malls around the country to steal more than $20 million in loot that could be resold at lower prices in Mexico, according to an indictment unsealed in San Diego federal court Wednesday.
The highly organized shoplifting ring targeted malls around San Diego County — from Fashion Valley to Horton Plaza to Plaza Bonita — and as far away as Washington, Illinois, Oregon and Maryland, prosecutors said. They used sophisticated techniques to lift everything from Louis Vuitton shoes to Victoria’s Secret lingerie to Abercrombie & Fitch clothing.
And when necessary, the suspected thieves used violence — allegedly knocking down an infant in a stroller and breaking a loss prevention officer’s arm — to get away with their crimes, the U.S. attorney’s office in San Diego said.”