A woman has been charged with major theft for allegedly stealing $ 300,000 worth of goods from retail stores. California.
Ekaterina ZharkovaThe 38-year-old was arrested last month after a California highway patrol investigator caught him stealing items from a Nortstorm rack store in Costa Mesa.
When team members searched his apartment, they found $ 328,000 worth of stolen items. The Orange County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement.
Investigators believe the woman tried to sell the stolen goods through an online luxury store.
Zarkova was charged with four counts of major theft, one count of possession of a stolen property and seven counts of petty theft. If convicted on all charges, the woman faces up to nine years in prison.
It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
The allegations came amid a series of large-scale robberies in California, in which gangs of people suddenly came to shops and stole goods entirely.
“Theft and other retail thefts across California are out of control, and as a result of irresponsible laws, the risk is much lower than the potential reward,” said District Attorney Todd Spitzer. “These are not heinous crimes. If you engage in this kind of heinous robbery, we will arrest you, prosecute you, and imprison you,” he warned.
In September, Zharkova pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of possession of a large amount of theft and theft equipment, according to court records.
Orange County recorded his innocence in the Los Angeles grand theft case filed in August.