Rob Bonta announces arrests, sentencings in Bay Area organized retail theft case

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California Attorney General Rob Bonta announced on Friday that multiple defendants involved in an organized retail theft case in the Bay Area have been sentenced.

Five people were arrested last year in a scheme to resell goods stolen from Bay Area retailers, and four have pleaded guilty to various felony charges.

“Organized retail theft is illegal, let’s be absolutely clear about that,” Bonta said. “It is serious and there are, as we see today, serious consequences. The lead defendant organized what we believe is one of the largest retail theft rings to have ever been busted in state history.”

The lead defendant, Danny Louis Drago, is scheduled to be sentenced to six years in state prison, early next year.

During a search and arrest warrant operation in September 2020, law enforcement seized and recovered approximately $8 million of stolen merchandise from retailers such as CVS, Target, and Walgreens, as well as $85,000 in U.S. currency from the defendants’ warehouse, residences, and storage facilities. 

Bonta was joined by the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office and the San Mateo District Attorney’s Office at a press conference Friday morning to make the announcement.

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