Ron Freitas
District Attorney
RON FREITAS District Attorney, San Joaquin County
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News from the Office of District Attorney Ronald J. Freitas
For Immediate Release
November 1, 2023
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San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office Charges Four Individuals in an Alleged Organized Retail Crime Ring

Stockton - This week, the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office Charged four individuals: Cesar Avalos Godinez, 52, Lucila Hernandez Gaytan, 46, Cesar Avalos Hernandez, 20, and Francisco Castro Hernandez, 24, with involvement in an organized retail crime ring.

All four were charged with 18 counts in relation to the theft, receipt, and possession of an estimated $1 million dollars in stolen retail goods. All four also were charged with sentence enhancements in relation to the leadership, planning, possession, and value of the stolen goods.

Bail for Cesar Hernandez was set at $300,000.

Acting on information received, the CHP’s Delta RATT Team, with assistance from the Stockton, Manteca, and Tracy Police Departments, along with the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department, conducted a raid where an estimated $1 million dollars in stolen goods arising from retail theft were recovered. 

District Attorney Ron Freitas praised the work of local law enforcement in breaking up the organized retail theft ring. Added District Attorney Freitas, “I hope last week’s arrest, and the charges just levied against the four suspects, sends a message loud and clear, that organized retail theft will not be tolerated here in San Joaquin County. If you want to engage in such behavior, do so at your own risk. You will be arrested, and we will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.”

All four will next return to court on November 9, 2023.