Over the past several months, multiple law enforcement agencies in Southern California have been investigating a string of high end jewelry store thefts committed by a female suspect, who has been identified as Huong Thi Tran (66) of San Diego. Tran used a sleight of hand distraction technique to make off with expensive pieces of jewelry. Tran is believed to have committed thefts of at least a dozen jewelry stores throughout Southern California, Texas, and Virginia. The thefts occurred from 2008 to 2019 and the cumulative loss is in excess of $300,000.
On February 6, 2020, Escondido PD Detectives located Tran at a residence in the 3500 Block of 51st Street in San Diego. With assistance from the San Diego Police Department, Tran was arrested and transported to the Escondido Police Department for processing. Detectives from Long Beach PD and Orange County Sheriff assisted with the cases. Tran was booked into the Vista Detention Facility on multiple felony charges related to the thefts.