The California Department of Justice has arrested 17 suspects accused of $1 million robbery scheme targeting Apple Stores across the state.

These crimes allegedly hit 19 counties, including the thefts in Santa Rosa, Emeryville, and Corte Madera over the last month.

The defendants are being charged with coming into the stores in large groups wearing hoodies and quickly taking display products.

On September 25, seven suspects were arrested and booked in Alameda County Jail.

Another is in custody in Sonoma County.

At this time, nine other arrest warrants have been given to remaining suspects.

Police Departments in San Luis Obispo and Oakland conducted an investigation in order to make these arrests.

“The successful collaborative efforts of law enforcement has resulted in dismantling a large criminal ring,” Oakland Police Chief Anne E. Kirkpatrick says.

The California Department of Justice eCrime Unit assisted.

According to Attorney General Becerra says they will continue to work with local law enforcement authorities to bring in the criminals and hold them accountable.

“Organized retail thefts cost California business owners millions and expose them to copycat criminals,” said Attorney General Becerra. “Ultimately, consumers pay the cost of this merchandise hijacking.”

Charges for plotting to commit grand theft against individuals in Fresno, Santa Clara, and Alameda Counties have been filed by Attorney General Becerra.

It is important to note that a criminal complaint contains only allegations against a person.

Every defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.