A probationer and his girlfriend, who are accused of using underage family members to perpetrate numerous thefts at stores in Moreno Valley and other locations, were charged Tuesday with robbery and other offenses.
Darrell Lynne Campbell, 32, and Jeammie Ann Preston, 31, both of Moreno Valley, were arrested last week following a Riverside County sheriff’s investigation that began over a year ago.
In addition to robbery, both defendants are charged with three counts of grand theft, two counts of child endangerment, and one count each of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and petty theft. Campbell is additionally charged with probation violations.
The pair are slated to make their initial joint court appearance Tuesday afternoon at the Riverside Hall of Justice.
Campbell is being held in lieu of $245,000 bail, and Preston is being held in lieu of $210,000 bail — both at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.
According to sheriff’s Sgt. Jeremy Harding, the pair are suspected of orchestrating multiple thefts last month at businesses throughout Moreno Valley.
Harding alleged that the defendants sent juvenile relatives into retail outlets to snatch “specific merchandise” from shelves and run out to a getaway vehicle driven by Preston.
Campbell allegedly positioned himself in the parking lot of each store and threatened “loss prevention officers with a knife” when they attempted to chase after the minors stealing the goods, Harding said.
The investigation determined that the couple allegedly orchestrated similar thefts dating back to October 2017 in Menifee, Eastvale, Riverside, Lake Elsinore, Glendora and San Bernardino, the sergeant said.
Sheriff’s detectives coordinated with personnel from other police agencies to amass evidence that culminated in arrest warrants for both defendants, who were taken into custody without a struggle last Thursday at a residence on Alessandro Boulevard, according to Harding.
He said three children were removed from the home and placed under the supervision of county Child Protective Services agents.
According to court records, Campbell has a prior conviction for robbery. Preston has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.