$37,000 in goods shoplifted, couple arrested

The couple allegedly stole from Safeway, Target and Fred Meyer

Michael Rascon and his wife Maria Rojas were arrested for stealing $37,000 in retail products. (Northwest Organized Retail Crime Alliance)

SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) — Salem police, with the assistance of a region retail theft prevention coalition, arrested 2 people for unlawful racketeering.

Salem Police Lt. Steve Birr said Michael Rascon and his wife, Maria Rojas, were arrested on Thursday morning after detectives executed a search warrant in the 100 block of Connecticut Street Southeast.

Michael Rascon and his wife Maria Rojas were arrested for stealing $37,000 in retail products. (Northwest Organized Retail Crime Alliance)
Michael Rascon and his wife Maria Rojas were arrested for stealing $37,000 in retail products. (Northwest Organized Retail Crime Alliance)

A large amount of new retail items still in their original packaging was located at the residence, police said.

Rascon and Rojas will be charged with unlawful racketeering, money laundering, organized retail theft, and first-degree theft by deception.

Investigators with Safeway/Albertsons, Fred Meyer and Target collaborated as part of the Northwest Organized Retail Crime Alliance to build the case against them.

KOIN 6 News has learned the two were selling stolen items online, buying stolen merchandise and even had “shopping lists” of things that they wanted stolen so they could turn around and sell.

The Northwest Organized Retail Crime Alliance investigators conducted an undercover mission and made seven separate purchases totaling a little over $11,000 from the couple with a retail value of more than $37,000, Birr said.

Booking photo for Rascon and Rojas have not been released.

KOIN 6 News will have more on this story.

Michael Rascon and his wife Maria Rojas were arrested for stealing $37,000 in retail products. (Northwest Organized Retail Crime Alliance)
Michael Rascon and his wife Maria Rojas were arrested for stealing $37,000 in retail products. (Northwest Organized Retail Crime Alliance)

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