2 arrested after $85k of stolen goods were found in Bay Area flea markets

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Over $85,000 in stolen merchandise was recovered from flea markets in the Bay Area and Sacramento area. 

According to the California Highway Patrol, two people were arrested. 

In July, CHP’s Golden Gate Division Organized Retail Crime Task Force launched an investigation on several individuals that are suspected to be selling stolen Victoria’s Secret merchandise at the Coliseum Flea Market in Oakland

Retail tags were still attached to the merchandise, according to the CHP.

On August 22, investigators found the same suspects selling ‘significant quantities of retail goods’ at another flea market in Galt, near Sacramento. 

Victoria’s Secret investigators did a product scan and revealed there had been no point-of-sale transactions at any Victoria’s Secret retail outlet. 

Additionally, police found more merchandise allegedly stolen from: 

  • Lululemon
  • ULTA Beauty
  • Sephora
  • Sunglass Hut
  • Safeway
  • Walgreens

The value of the merchandise found was approximately more than $85,000.

The suspects, Roberto Luna-Varela, 32, and Daniela Cruz-Barragan, 31, were arrested and charged with possession of stolen property. 


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.