Press Release

Woman Gets 10 Years Prison for Organized Retail Theft

District Attorney Susan D. Reed announced today that Eva Salazar, age 49, was sentenced to 10 years in prison in the 399th District Court for Organized Retail Theft $1,500 - $20,000. Salazar pled on May 27, 2014 to a second degree felony.

Salazar and four other San Antonio women were arrested in August 2013 for allegedly stealing large amounts of retail merchandise from Victoria’s Secret, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Hollister stores. Thousands of items were allegedly stolen by Eva Salazar, Christian Salazar, Emily Garcia, and Cassandra Arenas from malls in Austin, Houston, and San Antonio by brazenly clearing entire tables and shelves of merchandise into their large “booster bags” and then exiting the store. They allegedly delivered the merchandise to Carmen “Piedad” Perez, the fifth participant in the organized retail theft scheme, and Perez would allegedly market the items through her online store “Carmen’s Boutique.” The ring was busted through a joint effort between the San Antonio Police Department and Homeland Security. The other women have all been indicted and their cases are awaiting trial.

Organized Retail Theft $1,500 - $20,000 is a third degree felony. Salazar was enhanced to a second degree felony because of her role in managing one or more persons engaged in the activity. A second degree felony carries a punishment range of two to twenty years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

For more information, please contact Trey Banack, Chief of the White Collar Crime Division, at(210- 335-2404.