Florida Attorney General Dismantles Organized Retail Theft Ring

August 10, 2022 Updated 2:57 PM ET

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August 10, 2022 Updated 2:57 P.M. ET

TALLAHASSEE (FLV) – Attorney General Ashley Moody and the Melbourne Police Department said they have dismantled an organized retail theft ring that targeted several stores across the state in 14 counties.

An investigation found that those in question wore masks, raided stores, and stole around $30,000 worth of merchandise in stores like Academy Sports, Bass Pro Shops, BJ’s Wholesale, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Target, and Walmart.

“This trio targeted stores in 14 counties across our state—stealing thousands of dollars’ worth of merchandise while trying to evade capture. Their shoplifting has ended, and my Statewide Prosecutors will make sure they pay for their crime spree,” Moody said of the investigation.

According to the report, 28 separate thefts were recorded where specific merchandise, like Yeti products, tech products, and golf balls, were targeted.

The theft spanned the following counties: Alachua, Brevard, Broward, Duval, Hillsborough, Indian River, Martin, Miami-Dade, Osceola, Orange, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk and Seminole.

Read the press release here.

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