HESPERIA-(VVNG.com): Seven former Hesperia Super Target employees were accused of a theft conspiracy following an unrelated investigation headed by the stores Asset Protection Staff. The charges ranged from Felonies to infractions for the seven employees, who were arrested on December 4, 2013.
The two-month long internal investigation lead them to determine that thousands of dollars in merchandise was stolen. The seven employees were identified by other employees, surveillance footage and the losses were determined through inventory analysis. Upon making the discovery, the Asset Protection Staff presented their findings to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Detectives for further assistance.
During searches of the home of at least one suspect an undisclosed type and amount of property was recovered. The employees, who ranged in age from 21 to 58 at the time of the alleged crimes came out with many differing outcomes.
On March 13, 2014 Hesperia resident April Rosie Montoya, who was 49 at the time of the crime, was originally charged with grand theft of personal property, conspiracy to commit a crime and burglary. As part of a plea bargain to drop the two felony charges against her, she pleaded no contest to the Misdemeanor grand theft of personal property and was sentenced to three years probation and 90 days work release. She was also required to pay $150 to a victim restitution fund and agree to submit to search of her person, residence and/or property at any time by any law enforcement officer.
On March 4, 2014 Hesperia resident, Danielle Cervantes, who was 23 at the time of the crime was originally charged with grand theft of personal property, conspiracy to commit a crime, and burglary. As part of the plea bargain she pleaded no contest to misdemeanor grand theft. She was sentenced to three years probation and 250 days of work release. She was also ordered to pay $292.20, which includes fines and victim restitution and to stay away from the Hesperia Target.
On April 4, 2014 Victorville resident Alexandria Serafin, who was 21 at the time of the crime, originally charged with petty theft under $50, conspiracy to commit crime and burglary took a plea bargain pleading no contest only to the infraction of petty theft. She was sentenced to one day in jail, which was complete with time served and was fined $95.20.
On May 1, 2015 Victorville resident Bonnie Merfalen, who was 56 at the time of the crime, and Adelanto resident Mysshale Standford, who was 24 who were both originally charged with grand theft of personal property, conspiracy to commit a crime and burglary had all charges dropped in the interest of justice.
On August 10, 2015 in the culmination of the 1 year and 8 month ordeal Victorville residents, Joni Ray and Michelle Reed who were 58 and 51 years of age at the time of the crime had all charges dropped due to insufficient evidence.
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