Suspected drug store thieves found with 30 gallon trash bags filled with products

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A traffic stop in San Carlos last week led to the arrest of two suspects found with several 30-pound trash bags filled with stolen toiletries, over-the-counter medications, health products and cosmetics, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident occurred Wednesday about 9:45 p.m. when driver Lavett Williams, 26, of Oakland, was pulled over for various traffic violations on Holly Avenue and the southbound Highway 101 on-ramp. Williams admitted to the officer to having a suspended license, and a passenger in her vehicle, Erisha Johnson, 25, of Oakland, was on probation for burglary out of San Francisco and Santa Clara counties, sheriff’s officials said.

The 30-gallon trash bags filled with products were found during a search of the vehicle.

‘Many of the products still had security alarms attached to them and appeared to be stolen property,” the sheriff’s office said. “The total value of the stolen property was approximately $15,000. At least two stores in San Mateo County have been confirmed as victims.”

The suspects, described by the sheriff’s office as an “organized retail theft crew,” were arrested and booked into San Mateo County Jail.