Arrest of Mother/Daughter Team – ‘The Pantie Bandit Crew’

Ventura County Sheriff – Incident Press Release

Since October 4, 2017, Victoria’s Secret stores have seen a steep increase in organized retail theft from their Oxnard and Thousand Oaks locations. In the last 4 months, they have been hit by theft crews on 5 separate occasions with a total loss of $14,989.00. Each of the incidents were captured on surveillance video. In each case, three suspects would fill a baby stroller with stolen merchandise. Once filled, one suspect would distract the sales staff while the other two suspects pushed the stroller out of the store.

Detectives from the Thousand Oaks Police Department worked with Victoria’s Secret Loss Prevention and were able to identify two of the suspects as Maria Perez and her daughter Melissa Partida. Victoria’s Secret Loss Prevention estimates the two are responsible for approximately $250,000 in theft from their stores throughout California since 2016.

During the weekend of February, 10, 2018, Thousand Oaks Detectives learned Partida and Perez travelled to the Bay Area in Northern California and were committing similar crimes at Victoria’s Secret stores and various other retailers. On February 11, 2018, detectives intercepted the suspects in Castaic, California as they were attempting to return home.

Detective’s located stolen property in the vehicle from Victoria’s Secret and several other retailers. Partida, Perez, and a female juvenile were arrested for burglary. Detectives later reviewed surveillance footage from the Bay Area stores which showed the three suspects using the same tactic of loading a stroller with property then walking out without paying for the merchandise.

Partida and Perez were arrested for violations of Penal Code 459 – Commercial Burglary, Penal Code Section 182(a)(1) – Conspiracy to Commit a Crime. Partida was also arrested for two violations of Penal Code Section 272(a)(1) – Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. The juvenile was arrested for two violations of Penal Code Section 459 – Commercial Burglary.

The investigation into this crew is ongoing by various agencies in California.

Maria Karina Perez

 Melissa Susana Partida











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