The Brentwood Police Department announced a significant development in the ongoing investigation into organized retail theft incidents at Sunglass Hut and Victoria’s Secret, located at the Streets of Brentwood.
Since August 2023, our department has been diligently investigating a series of thefts and a robbery at these businesses, resulting in a total loss of approximately $90,000. Through extensive investigative efforts by our officers and detectives, we were able to identify the suspect as 39-year-old Latalia Smith of Bay Point.
According to police, thanks to the collaborative efforts of our law enforcement personnel and the cooperation of employees from both stores, Smith was successfully apprehended. She has been charged with organized retail theft, robbery, conspiracy to commit a crime, and other related offenses.
Recently, a Contra Costa County Judge reviewed the case and made the decision to increase Smith’s bail from $250,000 to $500,000, ensuring she remains in custody pending further legal proceedings.
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Sacramento, Calif., — Today, the San Jose Mayor Matt Mahan and San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced their endorsement of the Homelessness, Drug Addiction, and Theft Reduction Act that will increase community safety by holding those who repeatedly steal or traffic hard drugs accountable. The measure has collected over 360,000 signatures from California voters to place it on the November ballot.
“We cannot be afraid to challenge the status quo when it is clearly not working for our residents,” said Mayor of San Jose Matt Mahan. “Prop 47 was well-intended but what really matters is its impact — and unfortunately, it’s hurting far too many families and small businesses across the state. We need reform that doesn’t take us back to the era of mass incarceration but allows judges to mandate treatment for those struggling with severe addiction, hold repeat offenders accountable, and treat fentanyl like the killer it is.” — full story