Suspected Leader of $8 Million Beauty Product Theft Ring Charged in California

The suspected leader of a retail theft ring that allegedly stole $8 million worth of beauty products from various stores across California has been charged, according to an announcement made by Attorney General Rob Bonta on Friday. Bonta emphasized the state’s commitment to combating organized retail theft and ensuring that such criminal activities are not tolerated within California.

The accused woman, whose identity remains undisclosed, is believed to have employed over seven individuals to carry out the thefts from Ulta Beauty stores and other retail outlets. The stolen cosmetics were then reportedly sold through her Amazon storefront. The thefts occurred in 21 counties across California, including Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Solano, and Sonoma.

During a search of the suspected ringleader’s residence, law enforcement officials discovered significant quantities of makeup. Additionally, an inventory of beauty products recovered from residences linked to the operation was conducted, with representatives from Ulta Beauty and Sephora assisting in the process. The estimated value of the recovered items is approximately $400,000. The total loss resulting from this multi-year theft operation is estimated to exceed $7.8 million.

In addition to the suspected ringleader, charges have been filed against the individuals believed to have participated in the thefts. However, their identities have not been released. The charges include organized retail theft, conspiracy, receipt of stolen property, and multiple counts of grand theft, as stated by the Attorney General’s office.

The investigation involved multiple agencies, including the California Department of Justice, California Highway Patrol, Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, along with representatives from the affected retailers.

Author: CrimeDoor

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