LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Authorities have announced the arrests of three people suspected of stealing nearly $250,000 worth of plastic products.

KNX1070’s Vytas Safronikas reports.

The sheriff’s Industrial Plastic Theft Task Force made the arrests of 43-year-old Juan Arrelano from Bell and two others about 6 p.m. Monday at two locations in South Los Angeles.

According to deputies, Arrelano is the owner of two recycling businesses and the two other arrestees work for him. Their identities have not been released.

“Some of the trademarked plastic products were intact, some were cut into pieces and some had already been grounded for resale,” said Sgt. Nabeel Mitry, who is part of the task force.

The find was part of an ongoing investigation of trademarked plastic theft and grinding operations, Mitry said.

The items deputies discovered, according to Mitry, included pallets, trays, shelves, baskets and totes from grocery stores.

In just the last four months, over $5 million in stolen trademarked plastic has been recovered by the task force.

Mitry said the suspects have been booked on suspicion of felony possession of stolen property and illegal possession of trademark plastic products.

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Comments (18)
  1. walter12 says:

    LA is going to go the way of Sodom and Gomorrah and for the same reasons and soon. It may be because of civil war, Mexican invasion, riots, a meteor, or more likely, the big one, the earthquake that takes it all. What a cesspool of crime, drugs, and degeneracy

  2. Bearcat says:

    The Cryptojournalist – you are an idiot. “Oil based criminal economy’. What is criminal about oil? Other than you don’t like it but you like everything it gives you which makes you a hypocrite. Again you are an idiot, it is people like you that give California a bad name.

    1. Laffinatcha says:

      Bearcat, as a visitor to CA, but resident of NC, it is not Cryptojournalist who gives CA a bad name. It’s the morons you people elect, to make the draconian rules, you are then forced to live with…

  3. GunnerLee says:

    I didn’t think there was anything that coulld give California a worse name than it already has.

  4. Buzz Woody says:

    “…nearly $250,000 worth of plastic products.”


    They stole the whole Toys R Us store…

  5. PoliceWork says:

    “Some of the trademarked plastic products were intact, some were cut into pieces and some had already been grounded for resale,” said Sgt. Nabeel Mitry, who is part of the task force.

    Some of the trademarked plastic products will never fly again?

  6. Jessy blonde says:

    It is mexican again. What’s news?

    1. Greg says:

      What? Come back and try again when you can speak English!

  7. Mike Notsaying says:

    can someone tell me why they refer to it as “trademark plastic” and was the stuff stolen or not compliant…this smells like another buisness being shut down for something they cant control such as where the plastic they get to recycle comes from …

  8. cat cat cat says:

    $250,000 of stolen plastic?1?1 No doubt so it can be shipped back to China and molded into more stuff for folks to buy from Walmart and Target! True recycling indeed.

  9. david5300 says:

    Frankly my dears I don’t give a damn

  10. Hal McCombs says:

    The really funny thing is that Californians still think the rest of the world wants to be like them, to emulate them.

    Right now, only the deranged (mostly democrats) think there’s anything worth saving in California. These idiots trash their state, destroy all their natural resources, and somehow that makes them “experts” on the environment. And gives them the right to tell everyone else what to do.

    Go get bent, California. We have our own resource-rich states, and we haven’t trashed ours like you have.

  11. SAR2012 says:

    “. . . and some had already been grounded for resale,” said Sgt. Nabeel Mitry . . . .”

    Typical of the land of nuts, flakes, fruits & illegals, it is apparent an ability to speak English is not required of those tasked with press liaison. A majority of the state is ‘plastic’ and many millions of them illegal. It’s a shame an earthquake doesn’t drop the entire coastline into the Pacific, cleansing America of this open pit sewer.

  12. Jim says:

    Should we be concerned that something called an “Industrial Plastic Theft Task Force” even exists?

  13. Tom Davidson says:

    Give these guys all the plastic they want – as long as they pick it up off the beach.

  14. Ready For Revolution says:

    Another Julio trashing the American Dream.

    California: the Tijuana State

    7×24 Snipers at the borders, and neighborhood sweeps for illegals, please.

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