San Antonio TX Nov 14 2016 The San Antonio Police Department’s Fencing Interdiction Team recovered merchandise from the Zarzamora Food Mart, 3620 S. Zarzamora St, that they say had been stolen and was being resold for profit.
Police arrested a man Thursday suspected of organizing several thousand dollars’ worth of theft at local retail stores over the past few months.
Harjinder Singh, 28, has been charged with organized retail theft.
Singh, a clerk at the Zarzamora Food Mart, was allegedly at the center of a shoplifting ring that stole and resold property from sporting goods stores such as Academy and Express. At least five unnamed shoplifters would steal jackets, shirts and hardware and then sell them to Singh for a fraction of the retail value. Singh would then allegedly resell the goods at a profit from the Zarzamora Food Mart.
Police were unable to attain the exact value of goods stolen in the shoplifting ring, but said that Singh was purchasing items such as $150 jackets for $40 apiece, then reselling at market rate. Using this tactic, Singh was allegedly able to make as much as $1,500 in a single day, investigators said.
Singh was arrested by the SAPD Fencing Interdiction Team, which set up surveillance on the food mart before serving a warrant Thursday. The team recovered piles of stolen leather jackets, hoodies, and even a power drill listed for sale inside the store.
Singh, dressed in jeans and a red t-shirt at an SAPD substation on the Northwest Side on Thursday, declined to answer questions before being transported to the Bexar County Central Magistrate’s Office.