The Dallas Police Department has made its first arrest under the “Organized Retail Theft Initiative” introduced by Mayor Mike Rawlings and Chief David Brown at a December 5, 2011 press conference. Salvador Martinez Duarte L/M/8-3-1973 was arrested on December 23, 2011, and charged with Organized Retail Theft, which is a 3rd Degree Felony punishable by 2-10 years in prison and a fine not to exceed $10,000.
In mid October 2011, detectives learned of a fencing operation located in the 6100 block of Symphony Lane. Partnering with local retail stores such as Target for support, detectives began to develop a case against Duarte. On December 23, 2011, Mr. Duarte was arrested and a search warrant served at the location on Symphony Lane. Over $13,000 of retail merchandise was recovered at the location.
The Dallas Police Department is working with the Dallas County District Attorney’s office in the prosecution phase of the operation.