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Feds bust shoplifting ring they say pilfered $20 million from U.S. clothing retailers

Feds bust shoplifting ring they say pilfered $20 million from U.S. clothing retailers

U.S. authorities announced Wednesday they broke up a San Diego-based shoplifting ring that stole more than $20 million in goods from popular clothing stores across the country and sold the stolen merchandise in Mexico.

Stores targeted included Abercrombie & Fitch, Banana Republic and Victoria's Secret at malls from Schaumburg, Ill., to Las Vegas and San Diego, according to an indictment that was made public.

Federal officials charged 22 people, including three already in custody and 12 others arrested Wednesday in the San Diego area. U.S. and Mexican officials are searching for seven others.

The ring operated since at least 2005, according to investigators. Its...

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