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January 10th, 2013 by Temple City Tribune
Task force located stolen trademark plastic products worth in excess of $115k at Broadway Plastics
In the evening hours on January 2, 2013, members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Industrial Plastic Theft Task Force, out of Industry Sheriff Station, located stolen trademark plastic products worth in excess of $115,000.00 at two related locations.
The South El Monte location, doing business as Broadway Plastics (2000 block of Lee Avenue, South El Monte), operated the illicit stolen trademarked plastics grinding operation. There, stolen trademarked plastic products were being stowed, ground and primed to be sold. Some of the products were still intact, while some had already been ground.
The Lynwood location (3500 block of Virginia Street, Lynwood) was a residence used to stow some of the stolen trademarked plastic products. The discoveries were made by Task Force members after conducting a lengthy follow up investigation related to the theft of trademarked plastics products.
A total of eight individuals, six males and two females, were arrested and charged with receiving known stolen property, 496 PC. The individuals were comprised of five family members, two employees and the owner of the business.
Carlos Torres, 41, of Lynwood; Torres’ wife, Cecilia Torres, 38, of Lynwood; their daughter, Carmen Torres, 18, of Lynwood; their son-in-law Joshua Barragan, 19, of Lynwood; son-in-law Alex Merino, 27, of Pico Rivera; Broadway Plastics owner Jason Wang, 46, of Temple City; Jesus Martinez, 23, of Compton; and Jose Gomez, 42, of El Monte, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Nabeel Mitry said.
This investigation remains on-going.