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August 14, 2012 > Employee Theft

Employee Theft

Submitted By the Union City Police Department

On August 9, 2012, Union City Police Department received a call from the Healthy Pets management regarding an employee who was stealing from the company. The suspect was an employee who was using his employment status to take products from the business and have them shipped to a residence in San Leandro. The Healthy Pets staff was able to research and confirm the theft and estimated their product loss at over $200,000. The primary merchandise taken was pet medication and flea prevention products.

Union City Police Department Detectives responded and began to gather the information related to the theft while researching information related to the suspect. Prior to contacting the suspect at the place of business, he fled and returned to the address in San Leandro. Union City Police Detectives responded with the assistance from San Leandro Police Department.

The suspect was located at the address and placed under arrest for the theft. Arrested was Zhou Jun Hou of Oakland. The resident who owned the home was unaware of the fraudulent nature of the shipments and cooperated with the recovery of the stolen merchandise. The timely response of Union City Police Detectives coupled with the assistance from San Leandro Police Department lead to a very positive outcome in this case with over $120,000 in product recovery at this time.

Anyone with information related to this case is asked to contact Union City Police Department investigations unit at (510) 471-1365.

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