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Construction Theft Ring Captured

A significant crime problem plaguing the Los Angeles community was put to a screeching halt. Ventura County law enforcement captured the Los Angeles based burglary ring after a four-month investigation. The highly organized group targeted gardeners, landscapers, and builders that lacked construction security. Los Angeles and at least 66 other cities in nine different states were victimized by the group of 28 people. Of these arrested, 12 were charged with burglary and receiving stolen property. This group of thieves was one of the largest rings to have operated in Ventura County. Over the course of 3 ½ years, countless items were stolen. This included everything from smaller items like measuring tapes and hammers to larger items like lawn mowers and chain saws. One of the largest landscaping companies in Southern California estimated a loss of $60,000 – $70,000 in equipment in eastern Ventura County over a year’s time. The arrest of this ring also resulted in the retrieval of approximately 27,000 items valued at $3.5 million. Originally, the stolen property was under the notion that they were being resold at swap meets and other similar areas. However, some of the items actually ended up in Mexico and other countries not even bordering our states.

The area of construction was at an all-time high, leading to more equipment, and more opportunity for thievery. Los Angeles construction security or the lack there of resulted in exponentially increased stolen property reports. Some businesses were even forced to go out of business since they could no longer find insurance do to their countless number of burglary attacks. These changes forced a task force to take shape and focus on the majorly increasing crime at hand. Electronic tracking devices were installed in vehicles used by some of the suspects. Suspects’ cell phones were also tracked in order to bring down this large group of criminals. Almost all the suspects captured were residing in Los Angeles, many of which were natives of Mexico and parts of Central America.