An investigation into a retail theft operation resulted in more than $440,000 in stolen merchandise seized this month by Orlando police from the organization’s alleged ringleader, OPD said.
Carlos Negron, 40, was arrested by OPD Jan. 9, when he arrived at his storage unit on South Goldenrod Roadto find authorities searching the place.An informant tipped investigators off that the unit contained illegal narcotics, an affidavit for Negron’s arrest shows.
Inside, they found heroin, cocaine, guns, more than $50,000 in cash and $367,715.82 in stolen merchandise from stores such as Walmart, Home Depot, Ross and TJ Maxx.
Negron tried to flee, attempting to reverse his truck when he drove up on the search, the affidavit states. When he was blocked by authorities, he got out of his car and tried to run away, ignoring police commands to stop, Officer Jorge Rodriguez said in the affidavit.
Another officer tased Negron and he was arrested.
OPD said Tuesday a recent search of Negron’s home resulted in another roughly $73,000 in merchandise seized.
Authorities found more goods from Home Depot, Walmart, Ross, Macy’s and Marshalls. Among the items were numerous weed-whackers, chainsaws, sunglasses, perfumes and shoes.
The total value of all the stolen merchandise: $440,479.49.
Negron is facing charges of drug trafficking, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of ammunition by a person who committed a delinquent act, fleeing and eluding, resisting an officer without violence and possession of drug paraphernalia.