Task force arrests 9 in S. California theft case

By Roger Renstrom
Correspondent

Published: January 14, 2013 6:00 am ET

Related to this story

Topics In Print

Members of a task force in Southern California confiscated stolen trademarked plastic products worth more than $115,000 and arrested nine people in a Jan. 2 conclusion to a multimonth investigation.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s industrial plastic theft task force said it found stolen material both at Broadway Plastics in South El Monte and, 18 miles away, a residence in Lynwood providing storage. Broadway Plastics had intact plastic trays and gaylords of granulated material and was priming ground resins for sale.

Those under arrest for allegedly receiving stolen property include five family members, three employees and the business owner, according to Sgt. Nabeel Mitry, supervisor of the five-person task force.

Over 16 months, the task force has forwarded cases to prosecutors’ offices in Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. “They understand the problem, have been supportive and have almost 100 percent success” in obtaining convictions, Mitry said. Investigators need to testify in the cases, however, taking time away from their field surveillance work.

Mitry noted, “The thieves are becoming more clever,” monitoring the movement of task force members and implementing complex logistical and diversion tactics in how and where they store and grind the stolen products.

The council for City of Industry, Calif., provided the task force with $1.2 million for a trial program, but those funds are nearly exhausted.

Since the program began in September 2011, the task force has recovered intact and granulated plastic products with a value of more than $6.7 million, Mitry said.

As for future investigative efforts, “it is 100 percent on the shoulders of the City of Industry if they choose to do it,” Mitry said.

“I am hopeful they will do it.”

The task force is based at a sheriff’s station in City of Industry.


Comments

Task force arrests 9 in S. California theft case

By Roger Renstrom
Correspondent

Published: January 14, 2013 6:00 am ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story

Market Reports

Pipe, Profile & Tubing Extrusion Market Trends

This report provides in-depth analysis of current trends, statistics and innovations in product design and production impacting the PP&T industry in North America.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Plastics in Mexico - State of the Industry Report

This report analyzes the $20 million dollar plastics industry in Mexico including sales of machinery & equipment, resins and finished products.

Our analysts provide insight on business trends, foreign investment, top end markets and plastics processing activity. The report also provides important data on exports, production, employment and value of plastics products manufactured.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

October 27, 2015 - October 29, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - New York - 2015

More Events