Two Arrested For Fraud After Purchasing Items From Nordstrom – Suspects Had $20,000 Worth Of Merchandise

September 18, 2019 14:00 pm · 21 comments

Two people were arrested for fraud at Nordstrom in Broadway Plaza on Tuesday, according to the Walnut Creek Police Department.

The suspects, identified by police as Aida Opaza and Juan Espinoza, were arrested on theft and fraud related charges, as well as involvement in an organized crime ring, police said.

They were in possession of approximately $20,000 worth of merchandise that was purchased fraudulently, according to police.

Both suspects are currently in the Contra Costa County Jail in Martinez.

Original G September 18, 2019 at 2:29 PM

When was last time you were asked to show ID, when making a credit card purchase ?

Tsa September 18, 2019 at 2:33 PM

It’s California’s redistribution of wealth program at work again.

Taxpayer September 18, 2019 at 2:41 PM

Great Job WCPD! …. it’s too bad these 2 will be in jail for 2weeks then back out on the streets …. and guess who is going to pay their court costs and attorneys fees … the taxpayers. MCGA!

S September 18, 2019 at 2:52 PM

AND…. As a bonus: They pay No County Related Fees! I’m glad they decided to get caught just in time to take advantage of this incredible offer.

Commonsensenor September 18, 2019 at 3:15 PM

They will be out of jail later today, pay zero fines, do zero time, and get right back to the wash rinse repeat cycle first thing am.

Vote Democrat they said. It would be good for us they said.

ON DA September 18, 2019 at 3:46 PM

gater daze

The Fearless Spectator September 18, 2019 at 3:55 PM

Great job WCPD and/or Nordstrom Security. It doesn’t look like this couple did too good a job of blending in with the other shoppers. Perhaps they should focus on the Highway 99 corridor next time.

Atticus Thraxx September 18, 2019 at 4:15 PM

Looks like $140 worth of crap to me, but I can’t zoom the picture.. There may be multiple parties stealing in this story.

Mary Fouts September 18, 2019 at 8:44 PM

@ Atticus Thraxx – I can’t see what is in the small boxes. But as a lover of everything Burberry, I see at least three Burberry items, including the quilted jackets. Expensive but will last a lifetime with proper care. So I can’t disagree with the estimated retail value considering the number of items.

Gittyup September 18, 2019 at 10:06 PM

Looks like multiple designer leather purses and leather backpacks, some jewelry, and many, many bottles of fragrances, plus the Burberry.

Atticus Thraxx September 19, 2019 at 6:24 AM

I’ll take your word for it Mary. I wouldn’t know a Burberry if it bit me on my rear end.

Kentucky Derby September 19, 2019 at 9:09 AM

I’ll gladly process the inventory. You might never see it again.

Aunt Barbara September 18, 2019 at 4:48 PM

Extra Police presence in the shopping center today. Just a reminder for all of us about the downside of Holiday shopping. 🙁

George September 18, 2019 at 6:11 PM

If I remember correctly… I believe this guys picture was also wanted by police a month ago, or so… for stealing someones wallet and charging up $17,000 on a their credit cards?

Mary Fouts September 18, 2019 at 8:46 PM

Great job WCPD and Nordstrom security!

John P September 18, 2019 at 8:59 PM

I’m curious about their residency status – USA borne? US green cards? Illegal entry? Just asking.

MEV September 18, 2019 at 11:05 PM

They look like they’ve been around the cell block a time or two. Throw away the key. Really sickening that this what has become of the Bay Area.

Anon September 19, 2019 at 6:51 AM

HOW DARE YOU!!!!
Even though, you will do time with No Relief on “fees” if you do this in Mexico.
You’ll also do Ten years for trying to Vote in Mexico if you’re NOT a citizen.

Jeff September 19, 2019 at 8:17 AM

Just lucky that 108RS did not get them.

108RS

Ricardoh September 19, 2019 at 8:41 AM

With $20,000 worth they should get some time. I’m sure they will find out this isn’t their first rodeo.

Dr. Jellyfinger September 19, 2019 at 4:48 PM

Aida Opaza…… wasn’t she the chick in “The Hateful Eight”?

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