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Sting Operation Shuts down $500,000 Fencing Operation

The culmination of a three-month sting, police announced Monday the arrest of two suspects accused of a major fencing operation involving stolen clothing taken during burglaries, robberies and thefts.

The San Jose Police Department Burglary Prevention Unit (BPU) served a search warrant at a residence located in San Jose, California, on Friday and found the items obtained from Macy’s, Nordstrom and Victoria’s Secret. San Jose residents Zoila Martinez, 42, and Jose Figueroa, 44, operated a storefront, Betsy’s Fashion, located on S. King Road with the stolen merchandise valued at more than $430,000.

Among the items were more than 700 Michael Kors jackets, hundreds of shoes, and other clothing confirmed stolen from local department stores. Martinez and Figueroa were each booked into Santa Clara County Jail for possession of stolen property.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the San Jose Police Department’s Burglary Prevention Unit at 408.277.4115. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line, 408.947.STOP. People who provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspects may be eligible for a cash reward from the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers. [Source: Campbell Patch]

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