L.A. law enforcement cracks down on plastics theft
By Jake Thomas, Resource Recycling
A special task force set up by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department kicked off the New Year by making arrests as part of its ongoing effort to combat plastics theft.
On Jan. 2, members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Industrial Plastic Theft Task Force located stolen trademarked plastic products worth more than $115,000 at two locations.
According to the Sheriff's Department, a company doing business in South El Monte, operating under the name Broadway Plastics, was grinding the stolen plastics for the theft ring. Stolen plastic products were being stowed, ground and primed to be sold, according to the Sheriff's Department.
A residence in Lynwood was also used to store some of the stolen plastic products, according the Sheriff's Department, which states that it made the discoveries after a lengthy follow-up investigation related to the theft of trademarked plastic products.
A total of eight individuals, six males and two females, were arrested and charged with receiving known stolen property. The individuals were comprised of five family members, two employees and the owner of the business. The investigation remains on-going.