Aug 09, 2022, 9:42pmUpdated 4m ago
Four people have been arrested in a major retail theft ring in Suffolk County.
The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office says the suspects would steal items from big box stores and bring them to a pawn shop to sell. They would allegedly store the products at a warehouse and other locations before selling them online.
The district attorney’s office says Carlos Ulloa, Henry Delgado, Sandra Cruz and Sandra Palomino were all arranged. The retail thefts generated over $1 million a year in profit, authorities say.
“The repeated act of reselling items on different platforms generated a large sum of criminal proceeds,” says Suffolk District Attorney Ray Tierney.
He says boosters would bring stolen goods to Ulloa at the pawn shop while Palomino managed the workers within the shop. The items would then be cataloged and sold on the secondary market with the assistance of Cruz and Delgado.
Tierney says there were spikes in internet activity in 2019 in conjunction with the secondary sale of goods that sparked the investigation.
The items stolen ranged from tools, cooking mixers, watches and more.
All of the defendants are facing sentences from a year and four months to eight years and four months if found guilty.
Two of the defendants are currently in jail because the charges they are facing were bail qualifying, and two of them have been released until the next court date.