Four arrested in $1.5 million California jewelry theft operation

Kern County jewelry stores were targeted by the thieves.

Four people have been arrested for allegedly being involved in organized retail theft throughout jewelry stores in California. 

The robberies, burglaries and thefts took place from April 2023 to May of this year in San Diego, Orange, Riverside and Kern Counties. 


The big picture: California Attorney General Rob Bonta announced that the theft resulted in over $1.5 million in losses to the stores. 

  • The suspects allegedly committed smash-and-grab style thefts by running into shopping mall stores and grabbing high-dollar jewelry. 
  • They also allegedly burglarized stores after hours. 
  • They face multiple felony charges, including organized retail theft, robbery, burglary and grand theft. 

What they’re saying: “Organized retail crime has been plaguing our state for far too long,” Bonta said. “It harms businesses, retailers, and consumers – and puts the public at risk. I thank our local law enforcement partners for their work in apprehending the suspects in this case. The California Department of Justice and its partners will continue fighting to keep our communities, businesses, and consumers safe from retail theft and other crimes.”

  • Bakersfield Police Chief Greg Terry added, “This investigation highlights the importance and effectiveness of collaboration amongst law enforcement agencies. It’s with these cooperative efforts that we demonstrate our commitment to safeguarding our communities. Effective policing is not limited or bound by jurisdiction when such brave men and women of law enforcement work together to serve their communities. The Bakersfield Police Department remains dedicated to partnering with our community and other agencies to protect the lives and property of the people we serve.”
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