The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Industrial Plastic Theft Task Force is back in the news. In the evening hours of Wednesday, January 16, 2013, members of the Task Force, out of Industry Sheriff’s Station, located stolen trademark plastic products at a warehouse in Rancho Cucamonga. The plastic products, which belong to the U.S. Postal Service, have a value estimated in excess of $24,000.
The illegal process involved the stolen trademarked plastic products being stowed at that location and then ground to make them untraceable before sale. The discovery was made by Task Force members as a result of a lengthy follow up investigation related to the theft of trademarked plastics products.
Two male adults were arrested and charged with possession of known stolen property, 496 PC. A third male, who was identified as the mastermind of the operation, was identified, but is yet to be arrested.
An attorney representing him has made contact with the Task Force members and pledged to turn his client in as soon as tomorrow.
Additional suspects may be involved in this illicit operation, thus making this investigation on-going.
Earlier this month, Task Force members identified and shut down two other illicit operations, one in the City of South El Monte and the other in the City of Lynwood. Both locations were utilized to stow, grind and prime for sale stolen trademarked plastic products. Nine suspects were taken into custody and charged with possession of stolen known stolen property.
The Task Force, completely funded by the City of Industry, has been in operation since September of 2011. Since inception, Task Force members have recovered and returned to victimized businesses 6.7 million dollars in stolen trademarked plastic products, arrested 65 individuals involved in the theft and/or the possession of stolen trademarked products, seized numerous pieces of equipment utilized in the illicit locations and have identified and shut down 28 locations utilized to stow, grind and prime for sale, intact and/or ground, stolen trademarked plastic products.