CHP arrests man in $40K retail theft case

California Highway Patrol identifies, arrests Fabian Ochoa Bravo for thousands of dollars worth of retail theft at various TJ Maxx and Marshalls stores, including areas in the Central Valley

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Mid Valley Times Staff
Published September 2, 2023  • 
9:30 am

CERES, CALIF. – A resident from Ceres has been arrested for a slew of retail thefts across the state, resulting in a cumulative loss of over $40,000.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Fabian Ochoa Bravo of Stanislaus County was arrested as the suspect behind a series of organized retail thefts, which targeted TJ Maxx and Marshalls stores statewide. Bravo, 33, was arrested following over a month-long investigation conducted by the CHP.

On July 7, CHP investigators were notified by the retailers TJ Maxx and Marshalls that a suspect was committing organized retail theft within the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas, as well as some locations in the northern Central Valley region. 

Bravo was originally identified as the suspect after conducting organized retail thefts with a second unknown suspect in the Los Angeles area. While committing a retail theft, a license plate of the suspect vehicle was obtained, which led to the identification of Bravo. 

During the investigation, it was determined Bravo was on probation out of Santa Clara County for a previous arrest involving organized retail theft. Bravo was also suspected of being responsible for an additional seven thefts from TJ Maxx and Marshalls retail stores resulting in a total loss of $5,572.55. 

Investigators conducted surveillance on Bravo and followed him to a residence in the city of Ceres, where he was seen unloading what appeared to be suspected stolen merchandise.

On Aug. 30, the CHP Central Division Warrant Service Team served a search warrant at an address in the city of Ceres and located approximately $40,376.76, worth of stolen merchandise. Bravo was arrested for organized retail theft related crimes and violation of his probation. 

TJ Maxx loss prevention personnel responded to the address and assisted with the identification and took possession of the stolen merchandise. Bravo was transported and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center without incident for organized retail theft related charges.

Mid Valley Times Staff