Just days after a Manteca (California) Police Department pilot program nabbed a pair of organized retail thieves that had struck multiple stores throughout the South County, four additional people were taken into custody for the costly crime.
On Feb. 18 – less than a week after the announcement that a couple had been taken into custody for organized retail theft – a loss prevention officer from JCPenney in Manteca had contacted Detective Dave Brown about a possible theft in progress.
Not long after, 30-year-old Stockton resident Vivian Jasmine Arias was observed running from the store with merchandise that she did not pay for and was apprehended by law enforcement officers that were waiting outside. Three other individuals – 23-year-old Patrick Isaac Estrada of Stockton, 19-year-old Stockton resident Jose Luis Quiroz Jr., and 20-year-old Manteca resident Aliyah Marie Lewis-Bation – were waiting in a vehicle and were taken into custody. All four individuals were charged with felony counts of organized retail theft, burglary, and conspiracy to commit a crime… Manteca Bulletin