One accused in connection with retail robberies by Santa Clara mob
SAN JOSE — A 19-year-old Pittsburgh man was charged with two burglaries at a South Bay sneaker store late last year, prosecutors said.
Gregory Jefferson was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon on charges of organized retail theft, commercial burglary, robbery, possession of stolen property and assault weapons, the prosecutor’s office said. of Santa Clara County in a press release.
Prosecutors said Jefferson was part of a group of 18 people who forced their way into the downtown Santa Clara Fix Kicks store around 1 a.m. on November 23.
The suspects used a 9mm firearm to break into the store and stole $80,000 worth of merchandise, prosecutors said. Five days later, a group of 28 people allegedly sawed through a metal door and stole $112,000 worth of merchandise from the store.
Fix Kicks was forced to change its business model following the burglaries, prosecutors said.
“Since November, the store has closed the outlet and is only making online sales,” prosecutors said.
Santa Clara Police Detective Adam Wilson investigated the burglaries and identified Jefferson as an “active participant” in both cases, prosecutors said.
Jefferson was arrested this month in Pittsburgh. Inside his home, officers found 30 boxes of high-end sneakers, clothing and sheds bearing the store’s name, prosecutors said.
“They also seized a ‘ghost’ assault weapon with a 30-round magazine loaded with ammunition,” prosecutors said. Ghost guns have no serial number and cannot be traced.
In a statement, Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen noted that organized retail robberies in the Bay Area received particular attention during the holidays.
“Now,” he said, “I hope there will be attention to the determined and continued efforts of law enforcement to stop them, arrest them and prosecute them.”