SUNNYVALE, Calif. (KRON) — Three suspects were arrested in connection to an orchestrated theft at a Valero Gas Station in Sunnyvale, according to a news alert from the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety. The suspects are part of a group that is accused of causing $200,000 in total damages to the gas station.

The incident occurred on Dec. 17 when officers responded to a reported theft in progress that was witnessed by a store employee using the surveillance system. The suspect was recognized by the employee as a man who’d previously accessed the gas pump computer to commit fraud multiple times, police said.

There was already a felony affidavit out for his arrest. Upon arriving on the scene, officers made high-risk stops on two suspect vehicles.

Three suspects, Michael Muaddi, Jesse Cota Jr. and Erica Luna, were detained at the scene.

Muaddi, Cota and Luna are connected to three other suspects — James Hodgins, 66, Maurice Hanks, 57, and Kendale Demer, 55, — who were arrested on Dec. 14 for the same crime. In total, police said the suspects stole 30,000 gallons of gas from this station and caused $20,000 in damage to pumps, resulting in a combined loss of $200,000.

During the course of the investigation of the Dec. 17 theft, the surveillance video was reviewed. Muaddi, who was wanted for a felony affidavit, was seen activating the computer for a fuel pump adjacent to a vehicle with Cota Jr. inside, pumping gas into the vehicle and placing a bag in an adjacent garbage can.

Upon retrieving the bag, officers discovered a quantity of methamphetamine and 13 pills of the prescription medication, Tadafil.

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Muaddi was arrested for crimes including unauthorized computer access to defraud, possession of methamphetamine for sales, conspiracy to commit crime, petty theft and possessing/receiving stolen property.

Cota Jr. and Luna were arrested for conspiracy to commit a crime, petty theft and possessing/receiving stolen property.