“Organized” Shoplifters Nabbed after missing the Target

“Organized” Shoplifters Nabbed after missing the Target
Photo: Zachary Colcord and Rachel Posternak

Ventura County – In an era when the profitability of brick-and-mortar retail operations is under constant threat by online competitors, department stores have apparently stepped up their efforts to prevent losses at the hands of petty thieves swiping goods off the shelves.


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On May 16th, as part of a program of of increased store security vigilance, Ventura County Sheriff’s Department detectives attached to the Moorpark Police Department in what VCSD spokesman Det. Robert Curiel described as “an undercover capacity” were patrolling the Moorpark Marketplace Shopping Center. Just after 4:00 p.m., the center’s anchor tenant Target Department Store “reported a theft in progress.”

Moments later, 26-year-old Mission Hills resident Zachary Colcord was on his way out of the store when he was suddenly introduced to the plainclothes cops. A couple of questions about Colcord’s shopping immediately revealed him to “be in possession of stolen merchandise and burglary tools,” and to be under the influence of a controlled substance.

Further investigation at the scene indicated that Colcord had been working with an accomplice, 25-year-old Mission Hills resident Rachel Posternak, and that she was waiting for Colcord in a vehicle in the parking lot. When the detectives attempted to locate Posternak, it was apparent that she had fled the area in her car.

Not long afterward, VCSD patrol deputies spotted Posternak’s vehicle and conduced a traffic stop. A search of her vehicle revealed “$3,700 work of stolen merchandise” inside, along with a wide array of narcotics “including heroin, methamphetamine, prescription pills” and assorted drug paraphernalia.

Both Colcord and Posternak were transported to Ventura County Jail, where they were charged with multiple drug offenses and for organized retail theft, with their bail set at $200,000 each.

Photos: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Sheriff’s Department, Ventura County Jail Booking

“Organized” Shoplifters Nabbed after missing the Target was last modified: May 28th, 2019 by admin
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