Organized Retail Crime Crew Arrested in Rancho Mirage

RANCHO MIRAGE — Three suspects, Feliciano Gonzalez, 40, of Perris and Eric Arias, 35, of Colton, and Felipe Chavez, 41, of San Bernardino are behind bars today in connection with retail crime here, according to Sgt. Chris Gelinas.

On Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 7:15 p.m., deputies responded to a business in the 34200 block of Monterey Avenue in Rancho Mirage, regarding a theft in progress involving multiple suspects. The suspects were inside the store cutting locked cages and filling up large trash cans with high-valued tools. Deputies surrounded the business and took all the suspects into custody. The suspects are believed to have committed similar crimes throughout California for several months.

The suspects were booked into the John Benoit Detention Center in Indio for commercial burglary, conspiracy, grand theft, and organized retail theft with a bail of $1,000,000.

Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to call Deputy Cody Mayer with the Rancho Mirage Special Enforcement Team at the Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station by calling (760) 836-1633.

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  • John Benoit Detention Center: RSO