San Diego

Suspects in Series of ‘High-End' Thefts Arrested

The series of theft cases spanned across five California counties and three states.

Four women have been arrested in a "high-end" retail store theft ring, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department (SDSO) announced Wednesday. 

Lorena Ramirez and Zakharias Karasoulas, leaders in the ring, allegedly stole more than $700,000 since 2011 from Abercrombie and Fitch, Hollister, Victoria's Secret and Gap retail stores, the SDSO said. 

Dion Karasoulas and Mario Espinoza were also arrested for their involvement in the series of theft cases, which spanned across five California counties and three states. 

The women were arrested after a series of simoulaneous search warrants were executed at homes in South San Diego, Chula Vista and the Lake Elsinore area. 

While serving the warrants, deputies found more than $12,000 in new and tagged retail merchandise. 

The women were arrested and charged with Grand Theft, Conspiracy to Commit Grand Theft, Possession of Stolen Property, and Felony warrant charges, SDSO officials says. 

SDSO officials worked with Corporate Loss Prevention Officers from Abercrombie and Fitch, Hollister, Victoria's Secret, JCPenny and Gap stores during the investigation. 

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