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Shoplifting suspects stopped in Citrus Heights with over $3k in Nike apparel

Roseville Police are shown pulling over a silver Acura sedan in Citrus Heights, in connection with a shoplifting incident on Tuesday. // Image credit: RPD

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Five suspects were arrested Tuesday in Citrus Heights after their silver Acura was spotted following a shoplifting incident at a sporting goods store in Roseville, police said Thursday.

The incident occurred shortly after 3 p.m. on Oct. 25, where four female suspects allegedly grabbed items of clothing from a store on Stanford Ranch Road and then ran out of the store to a waiting vehicle, without paying. The suspects left in a silver Acura sedan, which was reported to 911 and broadcast to patrol officers by dispatch, according to a post on social media by the Roseville Police Department.

A Roseville officer spotted the vehicle on westbound I-80 and stopped the vehicle in Citrus Heights, where four passengers were identified as the shoplifting suspects, and more than $3,000 worth of Nike items was discovered and returned to the store. The driver was also arrested.

Three of the suspects were identified as 18-year-olds Malamalalove Geraldine Loria-Gonzalez, of Marysville, and Aneera Marie Ellis and Amani Vashti Wilson, of Sacramento. Another 17-year-old female from Sacramento was also arrested, as well as 21-year-old Keith Jerome Buford-Diaz of Sacramento, who police said was the driver. All suspects were arrested on suspicion of organized theft and other related charges, police said.

Police said the women, upon entering the store, had been recognized by store employees “as having been involved in an organized shoplifting incident in their Sacramento store, and watched them closely.”

“Most of Roseville’s retail stores share information with their colleagues in the region about known shoplifters, and work with each other and their local police departments to identify, catch and prosecute organized retail theft suspects,” police said in Thursday’s statement. “Shoplifting isn’t worth it—just don’t do it.”

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