CHP Recovers More Than $1M in Stolen Merch During Cargo Theft Investigation

A two-year investigation by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Golden Gate Division (GGD) Cargo Theft Interdiction Program (CTIP) team resulted in the arrest of five suspects involved in a large-scale cargo theft operation. Investigators approximate the suspects are responsible for over $9 million of loss related to the theft of cargo shipments of electronics and electronic components.

The GGD CTIP team worked closely with the CHP Southern Division CTIP team to investigate high-volume thefts throughout the state. On August 4, CHP CTIP teams, the Los Angeles Airport Police Department, the Los Angeles Police Department, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department conducted a joint operation within Los Angeles County. Multiple search warrants and arrest warrants were served, which resulted in five suspects being arrested, over $1 million in stolen cargo being recovered, and nearly $250,000 in cash being seized.

Items recovered include products from Google, MSI, Hewlett Packard, Samsung, Dell, Microsoft, Sonos, Sony, Apple, Asus, Ring, Max Mara, and other various companies.

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“This is another example of the incredible results possible when law enforcement agencies come together to stop these criminals,” said CHP GGD Chief Chris Costigan. “This case has required a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication by all involved, and we are grateful for their incredible efforts throughout this multi-year investigation.”