Plastic Pallets Valued at $2.5 Million Stolen from California Businesses

Four people have been arrested in California for allegedly stealing plastic pallets from local businesses, including Trader Joe’s, Albertsons and U.S. Postal Service locations during the last year and a half.

Luciano Hernardez, 33, of Pomona, Maria Acuna, 44, of Rialto, and Jorge Garcia, 22, and Filemon Bernal, 51, both of Mira Loma were arrested June 16 on suspicion of possessing stolen property, according to a San Bernardino County sheriff’s news release

About a month ago, Trader Joe’s officials reported that several thousand pallets had been stolen during the past 18 months. Deputies served a search warrant in the 2400 block of North Magnolia Avenue in Rialto and found some pallets believed to have been stolen from Trader Joes, Albertsons and the U.S. Postal Service, according to the statement.

Read more about plastic pallet theft in California.


  1. James Greene says:

    I’ve heard about these new plastic pallets with a Lojack type of system – RFID tags. I know that they use them to prevent theft – even heard that they busted several theft rings out west. Are they using these things for tracking food contaminants? To me, that would be the best use.

  2. Rick LeBlanc says:

    Hi James. Thanks for posting.

    Some organizations such as USPS have used GPS tags with some success to locate stolen pallets. The pallet rental company iGPS has announced in the past that it was deploying GPS tags to trace stolen pallets, but I am not aware of them playing a role in any discoveries of theft.

    RFID tags, as opposed to the more expensive GPS tags, have potentially great value in traceability of food products in the supply chain from one read point to the next.

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