A man was arrested for allegedly stealing $4 million dollars worth of computers in San Bernardino County on Monday.
The suspect behind the operation was identified as Julio Vieyra, 53, from La Puente, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Officers first received information about the theft of Lenovo computers from the Los Angeles area. The victim said the computers were taken “fraudulently” and tracking devices were used to follow a driver with a tractor/trailer loaded with stolen computers.
The tracking device showed the driver traveled to the City of Industry before heading to Colton. Authorities were able to intercept Colton’s driver and recover the stolen computers. The estimated retail value of the stolen goods is about $4 million, according to the police.
During the arrest, investigators learned that Vieyra was the person who arranged for the computers to be taken and transported. The final destination of the stolen items was in Findley, Ohio, police said. Photos from the scene show the trailer filled with large stacks of wrapped computer boxes.
Vieyra later “admitted to cutting the bolt seal on the trailer to identify its contents,” the LAPD said. “He also admitted to removing a tracking device before redirecting the City of Colton’s computers.”
Vieyra was arrested for grand theft of cargo. The case is still under investigation.
Anyone with information about Vieyra or this incident is asked to call the LAPD’s Commercial Crimes Division at 213-486-5920. The public can also call 1-877-527-3247. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at lacrimestoppers.org.