A 37-year-old man suspected of ripping off nearly $40,000 worth of merch at San Francisco Target stores was arrested Thursday morning, according to the San Francisco police.
The suspected shoplifter, identified by the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) as Raul Clendaniel Perez, was arrested on multiple charges of petty theft, conspiracy and resisting arrest, according to a San Francisco Police Department news release.
The suspect allegedly frequented San Francisco Target stores since 2011. In a series of incidents dating back to 2011, Perez stole or attempted to steal over $40,000 worth of items and made an average of five to eight trips to the front counter each time, the SFPD said.
“Raul was in and out of the stores more than 20 times. He stole a lot of TVs, but also stole a variety of other merchandise including electronics, clothing, shoes, and backpacks,” a police statement read.
According to police, the suspect’s crimes only began to stop after he allegedly approached a Target manager at the Park Fair shopping center and asked about bagels on the morning of Feb. 8. When the manager explained that the company doesn’t sell bagels in the store, the suspect fled, police said.
Days later, investigators identified the suspect as the ringleader of an alleged string of thefts in the Bay Area. During one of the alleged thefts, Perez grabbed a Louis Vuitton bag containing approximately $3,000, according to police. During another, Perez allegedly walked out of the area with an $1,500 flat screen television, police said.
The accused shoplifter appeared in court Thursday and was taken into custody following a burglary call. Perez was held in lieu of $85,000 bail, according to San Francisco Jail records.