The Walnut Creek Police Department reported Monday that an Oakland woman was suspected of organized retail theft was arrested with $2,000 in stolen merchandise.
Police say the incident occurred Sunday when an officer patrolling the area around Broadway Plaza noticed a suspicious vehicle parked in a parking lot. The licenses plate had been removed from the vehicle.
Upon further investigation, police arrested Eriona Mclothan, 24 out of Oakland, for organized retail theft. Approximately $2,000 worth of merchandise from various retailers within Broadway Plaza was recovered and returned.
Police noted that there were extra patrols as a precaution over the weekend with Lafayette Police joining Contra Costa County Sheriff deputies and Walnut Creek Police officers. The effort is aimed at reducing retail theft.
Police continue to monitor the area after the Nov. 20 organized retail thefts where approximently 90-indiviuduals stormed Nordstrom Department store–three people were ultimately arrested and charges were filed with the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office.
“The Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office is committed to working with the Walnut Creek Police Department and our retail community to hold those involved in retail theft accountable. We are committed to stopping those who participate in organized retail theft, which has adverse and costly impacts on business owners and consumers as well” stated District Attorney Diana Becton.
Information on shoplifter released by Walnut Creek Police