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8 arrested in connection with Apple store robberies in California, including Fresno

In Fresno, a group stole more than $27,000 worth of products at the Fashion Fair Apple Store. (Fresno Police)

Eight people who were involved in a robbery scheme targeting Apple retail stores throughout California have been arrested, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Thursday.

The alleged crimes took place across 19 counties and the Attorney General says there were 17 people involved in the scheme.

Seven people were arrested Tuesday in connection with the Apple store thefts. Those seven people were booked into the Alameda County Jail. Another person is currently in custody in Sonoma County.

The Attorney General says there are currently nine other people involved in the robbery scheme who have not been arrested yet.

The Attorney General says more than $1 million worth of items were stolen from the Apple stores.

In Fresno, a group stole more than $27,000 worth of products at the Fashion Fair Apple Store.


“Organized retail thefts cost California business owners millions and expose them to copycat criminals. Ultimately, consumers pay the cost of this merchandise hijacking,” said Attorney General Becerra. “We will continue our work with local law enforcement authorities to extinguish this mob mentality and prosecute these criminals to hold them accountable.”

Attorney General Becerra has filed charges for conspiracy to commit grand theft against the individuals in Fresno, Santa Clara, and Alameda Counties.

The arrests are the product of an investigation conducted by the San Luis Obispo Police Department and the Oakland Police Department, with the assistance of the California Department of Justice eCrime Unit. The San Luis Obispo Police Department initiated the investigation following a series of thefts from Apple stores. Local law enforcement agencies from the following counties have assisted in the investigation: Alameda County, Butte County, Contra Costa County, Fresno County, Kern County, Los Angeles County, Marin County, Monterey County, Orange County, Placer County, Riverside County, Sacramento County, San Bernardino County, San Diego County, San Francisco County, San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, Sonoma County and Ventura County.

Below are the names of those who have been arrested in connection with this case:

23-year-old Leo Smith, 19-year-old Joshua Cole, 19-year-old Taye Davis , 18-year-old Cody Stewart, 19-year-old Nahome Yemane and 21-year-old Jeremi Han and one is a juvenile who hasn't been named.


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