Sources within the Temecula Police Department have confirmed the arrest of three man who are believed to be responsible for more than $1 million of stolen items from the Ralph’s grocery store chain.
Officers began investigating the crimes last summer, they said, after they were tipped off about large-scale thefts that were plaguing the grocer.
They eventually formulated a strategy to help get to the bottom of the crimes and learned that store employees were conspiring together to help pull off the heists. The retail theft ring was organized, according to reports, and the participants were methodological in their approach.
Investigators then narrowed their suspect list and were able to get warrants to search their homes. More than $20,000 in stolen property was found in one residence alone; police also found the men were selling the stolen goods online, and netted roughly $80,000 in a two-month time span.
Two of the three suspects have already posted bail bonds; it’s unclear whether the third suspect has been released from the Riverside County Jail through the help of a bondsman.