2 men arrested after Simi Valley Police detectives uncover SoCal robbery ring targeting Home Depot stores – CBS Los Angeles
SIMI VALLEY (CBSLA) – Detectives have uncovered a suspected organized retail theft ring behind dozens of burglaries at Home Depot stores in Southern California, Simi Valley police said Thursday.
Two people were arrested Tuesday in connection with a series of robberies at Home Depot stores in Southern California – Luis Delasancha, 29, of Anaheim and Prudencio Avelar-Lemus, 45, of Santa Ana, the alleged fence, both face charges of conspiracy, organized retail theft and grand larceny.
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Simi Valley Police say an investigation that began with the November 8, 2021 theft of approximately $2,000 worth of tools from Home Depot, 575 Cochran St. in Simi Valley, led to the identification of two suspects who targeted Home Depot stores in Ventura, Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange and Riverside counties. The suspects behind these thefts are believed to be responsible for approximately 25 thefts totaling over $30,000.
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The investigation, which was aided by a vehicle description and license plate taken from the Simi Valley robbery, identified an Anaheim home and suspected fencing location in Santa Ana believed to be involved in the thefts. Delasancha was arrested at the Anaheim home, where a small number of tools and suspected stolen narcotics were found. Detectives found much more at the alleged Santa Ana fence location – more than 3,700 stolen power saws, table saws, drills, tool kits and bottles of laundry detergent – worth an estimated $341,000. $.
Delasancha is being held on $25,000 bond, but no court date has yet been set in his case. Avelar-Lemus was released on Wednesday after posting bail and is due in court on March 9.
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Delasancha’s brother, Jose Delasancha, is wanted in connection with the robberies but is not considered a threat to the public, police said.