Suspect arrested for allegedly stealing over $20,000 worth of alcohol

MURRIETA – On May 2, Murrieta police officers responded to the Ralph’s Grocery Store, located at 23801 Washington Avenue, to investigate a theft of alcohol that had just occurred.

Officers arrived at the Ralph’s Grocery store and contacted Dominique Clayton, 22, as he attempted to get into his vehicle. The suspect was arrested for burglary and several bottles of alcohol, worth $132, were recovered. During a search of the suspect’s vehicle $1,200 worth of alcohol, confirmed stolen from Ralph’s by UPC barcode labels, was recovered in the trunk.

The suspect was later identified in a series of alcohol thefts related to organized retail crime in which in excess of $20,000 worth of alcohol had been stolen during the last five months in four different Southern California counties. Ralph’s Organized Retail Crime Investigators became involved in the investigation and the suspect admitted to alcohol thefts for the last three years.

The suspect was booked into the Southwest Detention Center.

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