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Written By: Jim Emerson
BERKELEY — Two men have been arrested in connection with organized retail theft, but two women suspects remain at-large. The foursome allegedly stole merchandise worth thousands of dollars from an upscale sportswear retailer.
Four persons rushed into Lululemon Athletica at 1901 Fourth Street on January 18, shortly after 11:30 a.m. They acted like bandits, complete with hooded sweatshirts and masks concealing their faces.
The group split up walking in different directions. Next, they began grabbing armfuls of merchandise. Security cameras recorded the thefts—with a retail value estimated at more than $7,000.
The crooks fled in a gray sedan and a security guard alerted police. The license plate number was entered into a database of vehicles associated with crimes.
Pittsburg officers spotted the getaway car hours later. Police pursued the car and when it finally stopped the occupants tried fleeing on foot.
They were transported to Santa Rita Jail. Bond for Houston was set at $135,000 and bond for Johnson was set at $100,000. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for January 30.
Houston is charged with eight felonies, including second-degree commercial burglary. He also faces two additional charges for another organized retail theft in October 2022. Johnson is charged with four felonies, including second-degree commercial burglary and grand theft.