San Antonio women arrested in connection to international theft ring

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by Kens5.com Staff

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Posted on August 28, 2013 at 4:47 PM

SAN ANTONIO -- Five women accused of stealing more than half a million dollars worth of merchandise have been arrested in connection to an international theft ring.

The Department of Homeland Security and the San Antonio Police Department said at a press conference on Wednesday that the women would sell the stolen items on eBay.

Authorities said the crime ring was working across the country and into Columbia, Canada, Mexico and Australia.

According to an arrest affidavit, Emily Garcia and Cassandra Arena stole $700 worth of panties from a local Victoria's Secret store. But that was just a small fraction of the stolen goods.

Other stolen items include high-end products from Coach, Vera Bradley, Dooney & Bourke, Williams of Sonoma and Abercrombie & Fitch.

The three other suspects arrested in San Antonio include Eva and Christian Salazar and Piedad Perez. All five have been charged with organized retail theft.

"And based on what we've seen already, they're probably smuggling these items out of the United States for retail sale in other parts of the world," said Vincent Iglio, of the Department of Homeland Security.

Photos provided by San Antonio police show a garage packed full with retail items, including bags of panties, fragrances and iPads.

A large amount of cash and three vehicles were also seized from the home, police said.
 

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