Photo: Martinez and Figueroa
SAN JOSE– The San Jose Police Department arrested two individuals thought to have stolen more than $500,000 dollars’ worth of department store merchandise within a three year period.
The investigation began when the couple would go into a department store and deliberately take high-end items from Macy’s, Nordstrom, Victoria Secret, and others. It was found that the suspects would steal items from the department stores and then sell the merchandise as a mom and pop store known as Betsy’s Fashion located in the 1400 block of S. King Rd.
According to Sergeant Enrique Garcia, “Extensive follow-up investigation by detectives led to the identification of 42-year-old Zoila Martinez, and 44-year-old Jose Figueroa as the suspects responsible for running the fencing operation.” Investigators obtained an arrest warrant and recovered more than $430,000 dollars’ worth of stolen goods including more than 700 Michael Kors jackets, and hundreds of name brand shoes.
Garcia said, “Martinez and Figueroa were each booked into Santa Clara County Jail for possession of stolen property – 496 PC (felony).”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the San Jose Police Department’s Burglary Prevention Unit at 408-277-4115. Persons wishing to remain anonymous may either call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line, (408) 947-STOP (7867).
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