Inland Empire Organized Retail Theft Arrest


Reporting Deputy: Sergeant Art Mendez

File # EV230480044


In late 2022, deputies assigned to the Eastvale Special Enforcement Team (SET) began investigating a grand theft from a business located in the 12000 block of Limonite Avenue, Eastvale. The suspect, unknown at the time, walked into the store and grabbed as many items as she could and left the store with approximately $1,000 worth of product without paying. For several months, SET deputies tracked retail thefts and identified the unknown suspect to commit several grand thefts throughout the Inland Empire.

Through various means, SET deputies identified the suspect as Gardenia Herrera, 31-year-old resident of Perris. On March 5, 2023, Eastvale SET deputies located and arrested Herrera in Perris. Herrera was subsequently convicted and is serving a 4-year sentence.

Eastvale SET deputies continued this investigation working jointly with local agencies and retail loss prevention members. Several suspects linked to organized retail thefts throughout the Inland Empire were identified including Veronica Damian Estrada, a 39-year-old resident of Moreno Valley.

On April 26, 2023, Eastvale SET deputies arrested Estrada in Moreno Valley and located several thousand dollars worth of stolen items in her vehicle. Deputies served a search warrant at Estrada’s residence and located thousands of stolen retail items estimated at $40,000 dollars in retail value. Estrada was subsequently booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center for several felony charges related to organized retail theft.

Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to call Deputy Cervantes at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station by calling 951-955-2600.

As a reminder, “Community Policing” involves partnerships between law enforcement and community members. Business owners and residents are encouraged to report criminal activity directly to law enforcement by calling Sheriff’s Dispatch at (951) 776-1099, or by calling 911 if the matter is an emergency. Criminal activity can also be reported through the We-Tip Crime Reporting Hotline, (909) 987-5005.

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