HARRISBURG, N.C. — While executing a search warrant on a home in Harrisburg, detectives discovered residents inside has been running an organized retail theft ring and found close to $400,000 worth of stolen merchandise.
The investigation into the theft ring began on August 24th, 2021 in partnership with Organized Retail Theft Investigators from Lowe’s, Home Depot, Target, Harbor Freight, and Harris Teeter (Kroger).
Detectives say after several weeks of surveillance and extensive investigation, it was found that residents inside a Harrisburg home had been running an organized retail theft operation.
Police say the suspects had posted hundreds of new in-box power tools, diapers, baby formula, laundry detergent, outdoor power equipment, small appliances, and more for sale online as well as sold these items from the home.
The investigation showed these items had been stolen from local Home Depot and Lowe’s stores within Cabarrus County and the surrounding area, according to a news release.
Detectives say the investigation also revealed this criminal operation has been going on for over a year.
On September 16th, detectives with the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office searched the suspect home on Valhalla Drive after obtaining a search warrant.
Inside the home, officers located thousands of new in-box items and found the basement nearly filled with stolen products.
Police say there was even a slide built in to assist in moving products into the basement.
The upstairs rooms were also stacked floor to ceiling with diapers and other new merchandise, according to a news release.
Investigators say it took close to 50 people with the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office and various retailers over 12 hours to move and inventory all of the stolen merchandise, with approximately $400,000 worth of merchandise recovered from the home.
Detectives say Bonifacio Silvas and Irma Hernandez-Juarez were both arrested for their involvement in this crime and charged with Continuing a Criminal Enterprise, three counts of Organized Retail Theft >$1,500, three counts of Organized Retail Theft >$20,000, Felony Possession of Stolen Goods, and three counts of Misdemeanor Possession of Stolen Goods.
They are both in custody at the Cabarrus County Detention Center and each have received a bond of over $200,000, according to a news release.
Police say there are currently outstanding warrants for others allegedly involved in this retail theft ring operation including Lakevis Maloye, Ke`Marseau McSwain and Jermaine Walls, with more
charges pending for other suspects involved as the investigation continues.