Three arrested for interstate retail theft

MEDFORD, Ore. – On Friday (11/3/2023), Grants Pass Police Department arrested three people at a Ross Dress for Less store.

They are suspected to be part of a series of interstate retail thefts.

Corporate investigators with Ross have been following a crew of thieves, who were stealing from their stores in California along I-5.

They made their way up to Oregon, and that’s when GPPD made the arrests, at the Ross location on Northeast Beacon Drive.

Police say the suspects used over-sized spandex undergarments to hide hundreds of dollars’ worth of stolen merchandise.

But after searching their vehicle, they found over $10,000 worth of stolen goods.

The three people in custody are identified as Juan Vargas, Jose Vargas and Monica Velencia.

They are charged with organized retail theft, theft in the first degree and criminal conspiracy.

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Maximus Osburn is a reporter for NBC5 News. He studied at California State University-Northridge, graduating with a degree in Broadcasting. Maximus is an avid martial arts enthusiast and combat sports fan. He even traveled to Thailand to train with martial arts experts. Maximus loves movies, nature, and doing things outside his comfort zone, like swimming in sub-freezing lakes in the winter.
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