A Thousand Oaks mother-daughter team faces theft following a $15,000 Victoria’s Secret heist. Officials say the team carried out a series of thefts in Thousand Oaks and Oxnard over at least five months.
Victoria’s Secret loss prevention specialists suspect the crew hit their stores for about $250,000 over a period of two years. Store personnel and police used video surveillance to identify and locate their suspects.
Police say the women used a familiar routine to carry out the thefts. Three people – two adults and a teen – would enter the store with a baby stroller. The thieves loaded up the stroller with merchandise, then one would distract store staff. The other two would take the merchandise-laden stroller out of the store.
Detectives say the team also traveled to the Bay area to hit Victoria’s Secret stores there, using the same approach. Police booked all three individuals on suspicion of commercial burglary. The two adults each face five felony charges. In addition, the mother faces two PC 1203(E)(4) special allegations. If found true, they would prevent her from being sentenced to probation. The women will make their first appearance in court on February 15.
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Special allegations can really change the character of a case. In this case, the special allegation – if true – can significantly increase the chance of prison, because it eliminates an alternate sentence of probation. When you face special allegations in addition to criminal charges, your best strategy is to hire an attorney. As your lawyer, Mr. Helfend will fight aggressively to get the charges against you reduced or dropped altogether. When that’s not possible, he will work toward the best possible outcome for your case.
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