Three arrested in connection with retail theft ringPosted: Updated:
CHANDLER, Ariz. -- The Chandler Police Department says three people have been arrested for allegedly running a retail theft ring.
According to police, 29-year-old Maria Guzman, 32-year-old Manolia Guzman, and 46-year-old Roman Dominguez are in custody for trafficking in stolen property.
Maria and Manolia Guzman are also being held for ICE because they allegedly told authorities that they are in the U.S. illegally and had purchased fake ID and social security cards.
Police said the trio would receive items stolen from grocery stores in Chandler and Mesa and then sell them at a lower rate from a home in Mesa. Police said Manolia Guzman was also selling items from her home in Mesa.
Police said thieves knew they could sell items to the Guzmans and Dominguez, and would conduct large scale organized thefts.
Fry’s Food Stores teamed with the Chandler Police Department to supply products that undercover officers could sell to the Guzmans and Dominguez.
Following the undercover operation, search warrants were served at the homes and police reportedly found stolen property and a large amount of cash.
It is estimated that the theft ring cost Fry’s Food Stores in the Chandler area $7,000.