Warehouse Worker Arrested Under Suspicion of Stealing $250,000 of Merchandise
MORENO VALLEY- Authorities arrested a suspect who allegedly stole a large stash of jewelry from the Amazon distribution center where he worked.
Management at the large Moreno Valley retail merchandise distribution center became suspicious of one of the employees, believing that he may be responsible for the theft of a large amount of merchandise. On Monday, June 1, at about 2:00 p.m., a representative from the business, which is located in the 24000 block of San Michele, requested assistance from the Moreno Valley Police Department in the matter. Investigators from the Moreno Valley Station Burglary Suppression Team assumed the investigation and worked closely with the distribution center loss prevention team to look over the evidence and determine if a crime had been committed.
The investigation revealed that the employee under suspicion was likely responsible for burglarizing the center repeatedly, beginning sometime in 2014 and up to the present day. Investigators followed up on the evidence by searching the employee’s vehicle and home, located in the 13000 block of Black Elm Court.
The search resulted in the discovery of numerous items of stolen property that included diamond rings, watches, and other merchandise. The total value of the stolen goods was estimated at over $250,000. The recovered items were returned to the distribution center and the investigation is still active and ongoing. .
In a press release, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department identified 40-year-old Moreno Valley resident Miguel Verdin as the suspected burglar. Verdin was booked into the Riverside County Jail and charged with numerous counts of commercial burglary and a crime enhancement. Verdin’s bail was set at $250,000.