Victoria’s Secret robberies in San Diego County result in 3 arrests

SAN DIEGO — Authorities have arrested three people suspected of stealing more than $16,000 in merchandise from Victoria’s Secret stores in San Diego County as part of an organized retail theft ring.

The three Bay Area residents rented a car Thursday night and drove south to National City, the California Highway Patrol Border Division said in a news release. The suspects were then spotted at Mission Valley Mall, Plaza Bonita Mall, UTC Mall, Carlsbad Premium Malls and Carlsbad Forum Mall within hours, according to CHP. The suspects were seen stealing from two Victoria’s Secret stores and during those robberies they got away with 329 items worth more than $16,000, the CHP said.

A San Diego County-wide “be on the lookout” alert was issued and soon after, Carlsbad police located the suspect vehicle near a shopping mall in the North County town. Officers stopped the vehicle on Interstate 5 and found all of the stolen goods inside, CHP said.

Authorities have recovered 329 items stolen from two Victoria’s Secret stores in San Diego County. (Credit: California Highway Patrol)

Officers then arrested 20-year-old Shyonie Myshae Davis of San Francisco, 21-year-old Ahjanae Latania Anetta Woods of Antioch and 18-year-old Wessaun Leetay Johnson of Antioch. They were incarcerated in San Diego County Jail on suspicion of organized retail crime.

The arrests come after an investigator from L Brands, which serves stores including Victoria’s Secret and Pink, ‘identified a team of organized thieves who repeatedly victimized their stores across the West Coast’ and reported the thefts to multiple law enforcement agencies, the CHP said. The ring is suspected of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of product across multiple states.

Anyone with information about organized retail flights was encouraged to report it to the CHP.

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