Los Angeles: On October 30, 2023, the Los Angeles Police Department’s Harbor Division patrol officers received information regarding the theft of Lenovo computers, valued at $4,000,000, from Los Angeles, California. The victim stated the load of computers were taken via fraudulent means and tracking devices were being used to follow the tractor/trailer with the stolen computers to the City of Industry and then to the City of Colton. Commercial Crimes Division’s Cargo Theft Unit (CTU) was notified and assumed investigative responsibility. The tractor/trailer with the stolen computers was tracked to a warehouse located in Colton, California.
Contact was made with the driver and the load of stolen computers was recovered. CTU learned from the driver that the owner/operator of the tractor/trailer, identified as Julio Vieyra, arranged for the pickup and transport of the computers to an unintended destination in the City of Colton. The true destination for the computers was Findley, Ohio. Vieyra was interviewed and admitted to cutting the bolt seal of the trailer to identify its contents. He also admitted to ditching a tracking device prior to redirecting the computers to the City of Colton.
As a result of the investigation, and in partnership with CHP’s Cargo Theft Interdiction Program (CTIP) and Overhaul Logistics, the owner/operator, Julio Vieyra a 53-year-old resident of La Puente, California, was arrested for 487H PC-Grand Theft Cargo. Booking Number 6702897.
Anyone with information regarding Julio Vieyra or this incident is asked to call Commercial Crimes Division at (213) 486-5920, from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.