PLEASANTON -- A teenager faces felony charges of commercial burglary and robbery for spearheading a series of retail store burglaries throughout the Bay Area over a two-month period.
R'Mani Minard, a 19-year-old San Francisco resident, was identified by detectives from the Pleasanton, Livermore and Newark police departments as the ring leader of a group of three to 10 people who boldly entered stores including Victoria's Secret at Stoneridge Mall with empty bags, filled the bags with merchandise, and then fled.
Police suspect that Minard and his group have been responsible for over $100,000 in retail thefts.
According to police, the group committed the same type of burglaries between March and May at unidentified stores at the Paragon Outlets in Livermore, NewPark Mall in Newark and the Great Mall in Milpitas, among other Bay Area retailers.
Warrants were issued for Minard's arrest, and he was recently located and arrested in Los Angeles County on unrelated charges.
Minard was transported back to the Bay Area on Thursday and booked into Santa Rita Jail where he is being held without bail on 13 felony counts of commercial burglary and one felony count of robbery.
Police said the lone robbery charge stemmed from an incident where Minard began a physical altercation with a Victoria's Secret employee over merchandise. Additional charges from other agencies are expected to be filed.
No injuries occurred during any of the thefts.
The investigation into the identities of other suspects involved in the thefts is ongoing.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call the Pleasanton Police Department at 925-931-5100.
Contact Katie Nelson at 925-945-4782 or follow her at Twitter.com/katienelson210.