Bay Area man booked amid organized retail theft investigation

Bay Area man booked amid organized retail theft investigation
All photos courtesy of San Francisco Police Department

San Francisco police have arrested a suspect and recovered nearly $200,000 in stolen merchandise amid a four-month organized retail theft investigation.

San Francisco PD’s Burglary Unit and Organized Retail Theft Task Force launched the investigation in early 2022, specifically focusing on thefts of over-the-counter medications and personal care products. Investigators worked with various businesses to obtain information, and observed as locally stolen items were allegedly sold online.

Investigators soon identified 38-year-old Manuel Puga-Tenorio as the primary suspect in the operation.

On Wednesday, July 13, investigators and police officers served a search warrant at Puga-Tenorio’s Milton Street home, reportedly finding and seizing nearly $200,000 in stolen goods. Police have since been working with local retailers to determine the origin of the stolen items, police said.

Police said in a statement that investigators believe Puga-Tenorio may have been making upwards of $500,000 a year from this operation for at least the last three years.

Puga-Tenorio was arrested and booked on suspicion of possession of stolen property. The investigation remains ongoing.

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